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Finally a definition of environmental justice with reparations?

One More Time, A Failed Bill, A Far Reaching Budget Proviso: A proviso in the 2019-2021 biennial operating budget (section 221, subsection 48 ESHB 1109)...Read More

Vancouver-area continues to deliver homelessness services amid COVID

Despite coronavirus-related struggles, Vancouver-area homelessness and affordable housing agencies continue to deliver services. Though the need for social distancing, increased levels of sanitization and volunteer...Read More

Legislative Democrats and Republicans lay out health policy priorities

Seven legislators with influence over Washington State health policy gathered last week to discuss their observations on health and fiscal policy since the previous legislative...Read More

Capitol insiders discuss budget and health policy options teed up for Washington’s 2021 legislative session

Lonnie Johns-Brown, Principal at Johns-Brown Government Relations, Leslie Emerick, Owner/Partner at Emerick & Bloom, and Tom McBride, Principal at McBride Public Affairs, laid out their...Read More

Kreidler approves average rate decrease of 3.2% for Washington’s 2021 Exchange health insurers

Thirteen health insurers have been approved to sell health plans in Washington state’s 2021 Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. This is the second consecutive year the average rate...Read More

Legislators respond with optimism and caution to increased revenue projection

Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget and Near General Fund forecast for the next biennium (2021–23) are headed in...Read More

Agencies outline spending priorities and potential cuts in operating budget proposals

State agencies and higher education institutions submitted their 2021-23 operating budget requests to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) last week outlining priorities for spending...Read More

Washington Research Council: Spending cuts weren’t the only budgetary response to the Great Recession

“The Legislature actually increased spending in the 2008 supplemental budget—even after revenues began to decline,” wrote Emily Makings of the Washington Research Council (WRC) in...Read More

Sen. Joe Nguyen calls on Legislature to reject austerity measures

Senator Joe Nguyen of the 34th Legislative District (White Center) has launched a petition calling for the State Legislature and Governor’s office to reject an...Read More

King County Council passes implementation plan for $318 million education investment

This week, the King County Council unanimously passed the implementation plan for the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA), which will trigger an investment of...Read More