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Unemployment insurance claims in Washington state nearing record high

The Department of Labor (DOL) released data yesterday showing that the percent change in unemployment insurance (UI) claims in Washington state has approached a record...Read More

Rep. Pramila Jayapal says COVID-19 is exposing a “vulnerable and unprepared” health care system

On a national live stream with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and a number of health experts, Seattle congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington’s 7th congressional district...Read More

How “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” will be enforced

Following Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide “Stay home, Stay Healthy” order, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) outlined how they plan to approach...Read More

States have limited options to boost short-term economic growth

State governments moved quickly to the forefront of fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus, increasing resources for public health efforts, closing schools, and mobilizing...Read More

Morning Wire: Latest on COVID-19, Lt. Gov.’s race, Kamau Chege

We live in scary, interesting, and consequential times. We are writing the playbook now for how to manage existential community crises. We’re likely to have...Read More

Q&A: Why gubernatorial candidate Joshua Freed is calling for a special session

Former Bothell Mayor and 2020 Republican gubernatorial candidate Joshua Freed released a statement yesterday calling for a special session to rescind recent tax & spending...Read More

Morning Wire: Coronavirus, Session takeaways, Inslee’s leadership

Like most folks, we are working from home starting at the end of last week. My kids are figuring out how to manage online learning,...Read More

Budget notes: the devil is in the detail

The budget is a big document that moves quickly at the end of session. Few have access to the totality of the 814-page document until...Read More

2020 session sees some environmental progress, but Senate fails to pass two major climate bills

Washington’s Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC), that represents more than 20 statewide organizations, noted some environmental progress in 2020. Two of four 2020 EPC Priorities passed...Read More

Jinkins & Wilcox discuss their main takeaways from the 2020 session

House Speaker Laurie Jinkins and Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox sat down for separate interviews today with Mike McClanahan of TVW to discuss their main takeaways...Read More