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Update features stronger-than-expected revenue growth

Based on the strong revenue numbers, the Council revised its revenue forecast upward by $307 million for the 2017-19 biennium and $554 million for the...Read More

Bills aim to graduate the state’s flat real estate excise tax

Washington has a flat real estate excise tax -- several bills want to change that....Read More

Hobbs’s $17 billion transportation package gets public hearing

Senator Steve Hobbs’s ambitious 10-year transportation plan had its public hearing on Thursday afternoon in the Senate Transportation Committee. The funding plan, which Hobbs is...Read More

Bill aimed at “wage and benefit theft” has public hearing

The House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee last week heard testimony on a bill that would add the ways workers in Washington’s construction industry can...Read More

Gov. Inslee announces $675 million plan to “transform” Washington’s behavioral health system

Washington Governor Jay Inslee formally announced a $675 million plan yesterday that aims to guide a transformation of Washington’s behavioral health system as part of...Read More

Seattle launching online registration system for short-term rentals

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services announced yesterday the city’s new registration system for short-term rentals will launch on Jan. 2, 2019. The city...Read More

Task force narrows recommendations for improving school-construction funding

The Improving State Funding for School Construction Joint Legislative Task Force held a meeting yesterday, in which members discussed recommendations due to the legislature December...Read More

Amazon adds Senate aide to public-policy team

Amazon is continuing its hiring sweep of Congress, adding its third Democratic aide in a month. Tina Tower joins the tech giant as a program...Read More

Sawant votes no on $5.9 bill Seattle budget, cites lack of affordable housing funds

Monday, the Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to pass a $5.9 billion city budget proposal for 2019-2020. Its passage means next year’s budget will be $300...Read More

Washington L&I closing in on changes to overtime exemptions

As the 2019 legislative session fast approaches, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is in its final stages of refining major labor-law rule...Read More