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Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?

A Torturous Past It has taken about twenty years and one (2021) very crazy and unprecedented legislative session to allow certain public agencies to provide...Read More

Time for Congress to take action on hate crimes bill

A bipartisan group of elected officials in Congress introduced legislation on April 8 designed to help fight back against hate crimes across the country. It’s...Read More

Washington will become second state to adopt cap-and-trade law. But what happens next really matters

Climate advocates in Washington are celebrating the passage of a second-in-the-nation economy-wide carbon pricing bill, which Governor Inslee is eager to sign. The legislation won...Read More

Zeiger: A Call to Reform Emergency Powers

Following the 2016 Cascadia Rising exercise led by the Washington Military Department in preparation for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, I learned about limitations on...Read More

Op-ed: Pass the Climate Commitment Act on Earth Day

On April 22, Earth Day, the Washington State House will vote on the Climate Commitment Act (SB 5126).  This is the best climate legislation, with...Read More

Op-ed: Invest in oral health equity

As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we can look back and once again see that barriers to accessing health services can have...Read More

Mercier: Here is what I learned from watching the House debate the capital gains tax

The House floor debate on SB 5096 (income tax on capital gains) started at 6 p.m. After considering amendments, House adjourned at 10:27 p.m. until tomorrow morning postponing...Read More

To Black Families: I Hold You In My Heart

As Non-Black people we don’t really get to say what justice for the Black community looks like. Like many of you, I’ll get to tuck...Read More

Op-ed: The Working Families Tax Credit is an investment in Washington’s recovery

We all know the massive toll that COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have taken on us all. But at long last, we are starting...Read More

Op-ed: State lawmakers have the right budget approach for our recovery

State policies – backed up by investments in the state budget – are moral documents, and they have the power to support a better life...Read More