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Checking in on affordable housing

Cities and counties in Washington state have received more than $25.3 million in tax credit funds to support affordable housing initiatives over the last year. ...Read More

Four tax scenarios presented at town hall

Town halls on possible changes to Washington’s tax code are well underway, and provide more information on potential recommendations the state’s tax work group will...Read More

U.S. to open land and ferry border crossings next month

People who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the U.S. by land and ferry ports from Canada and Mexico beginning in...Read More

Q&A: Steve Lerch on the economic recovery

Supply chain issues and how the economy will continue to react to the pandemic are issues that Steve Lerch is thinking about. Lerch is the...Read More

“It’s debilitating.” What’s driving Washington’s ferry problems?

Frustration is mounting over cancelled sailings and service disruptions to Washington State Ferries, and there are calls among lawmakers to make funding ferries a priority...Read More

Apprenticeship programs in Washington are growing

The number of Washingtonians enrolled in apprenticeship programs increased last year to the highest number in the last decade.  From Sept. 2020 to Aug. 2021,...Read More

Revenue forecasting during the pandemic

Sales tax revenue has remained surprisingly steady during the pandemic in two Washington State counties, likely bolstered by federal stimulus and unemployment spending. The Wire...Read More

An overview of WA food grants during the pandemic

Up to one in three Washingtonians used state food assistance at some point between last October and January, and the University of Washington and Washington...Read More

Tax structure town halls begin Sept. 22

Washington’s Tax Structure Work Group is preparing to embark on seven town hall meetings beginning on Sept. 22 through November to gain feedback from people...Read More

Q&A: Sen. Mark Mullet on insurance credit scoring

In March, Washington State’s Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued emergency rules prohibiting insurance companies from using credit-based insurance scoring to help determine premiums. The rules...Read More