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Morning Wire: Budget negotiations, Sen. Murray, Audit of jails

I interviewed US Rep. Kim Schrier this week, who framed something for me that I thought was interesting and a shift. She said that the...Read More

Governor Inslee sends letter to Congress asking for investments in Public Health as part of the “American Jobs Plan”

In a letter sent to the Washington State Congressional Delegation, Gov. Jay Inslee asked members to invest in public health infrastructure as part of the...Read More

A conversation on the future of US health care with Sen. Patty Murray

Any health care bills that make it to President Biden’s desk will first need to go through the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and...Read More

Coalition of advocates continue pressing Democrats to change bill on debt-based license suspensions

A coalition of 61 organizations, led by the ACLU of Washington, is continuing to press Democrats to make changes to Senate Bill 5226, legislation that...Read More

Audit finds issues of racial bias in housing and discipline in King County Jails

A year-long audit of King County adult jails found issues with racial bias in housing and discipline, shortages of mental health housing and more. It...Read More

Morning Wire: Rep. Mike Sells, Blake decision bill, Debt-based license suspensions

My Gonzaga Bulldogs went down in a stunningly flat performance last night to Baylor in the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship. It was a...Read More

House Democrats rebuff calls from advocates to change debt-based license suspension bill

House Democrats appear unlikely to make changes requested by the ACLU of Washington and other advocates to a bill that aims to decriminalize “driving while...Read More

Advocates, prosecutors and law enforcement weigh in on bill that would address Blake decision

Two questions shaped the format of Sen. Manka Dhingra’s (D – Redmond) bill addressing the State v. Blake decision: does the state need to respond, and what...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

Senate-passed operating budget would appropriate $59.282 billion for 2021–23, plus more than $6 billion in federal relief funds (over three years)

Yesterday the Senate passed its operating budget. As passed, the 2021 supplemental to the 2019–21 budget would appropriate $52.704 billion from funds subject to the...Read More