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Policy

“Fix Our Tax Code Plan” has public hearing

A substitute Senate bill that would make changes to Washington’s tax code, including the introduction of a tax on capital gains, had a public hearing...Read More

Op-ed: Taxing home, auto and business insurance policies to pay for wildfire is unfair to insurance consumers

Kenton Brine is the President of the NW Insurance Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information about Property & Casualty insurance to consumers, media,...Read More

Transportation budget clears Senate

The 2019-21 Transportation budget cleared the Senate on Thursday with unanimous support....Read More

House capital budget allocates $32.75 million more to UW behavioral health hospital than Senate’s

Both the House and the Senate 2019-21 capital budget proposals provide funding for a behavioral health teaching hospital at the University of Washington -- but...Read More

Sen. John Braun responds to Ways & Means levy-lid lift passage

Early Wednesday morning, the Senate Ways and Means Committee voted out a bill that would raise the maximum amount that Washington State school districts can...Read More

Differences in how the House & Senate plan to fund DSHS

The operating budget bill House Democrats passed off the floor last week totaled $52.8 billion, while the Senate’s proposing a slightly smaller package, at $52.2...Read More

Q&A: Sen. David Frockt on Cascade Care

Sen. David Frockt, prime sponsor of the public option bill in the Senate, gives the Wire an update on Cascade Care....Read More

Q&A: Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz on bill to fund wildfire suppression, forest health

In the midst of all the budget-related activity this week, a bill (SB 5996) was introduced Thursday that would create a dedicated funding source for...Read More

With national spotlight on the ACA, Washington State lawmakers vote to preserve pieces of it

The Washington State Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would codify provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into state law. The vote came...Read More

Tax changes in the House Democrats’ budget

Washington House Democrats’ 2019-21 Proposed Operating Budget includes $52.6 billion in spending, funded in-part by a new tax and changes to existing taxes. Three budget-related...Read More