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Political Economy

The questions surrounding Washington’s redistricting process

After months of community outreach and drafting maps, Washington’s Redistricting Commission failed to approve congressional and legislative district maps by the end of Nov. 15,...Read More

Redistricting commissioners have less than two months to hash out major differences

Redistricting map proposals have been released for Washington’s 49 legislative districts, and analysts and party representatives on both sides of the aisle are calling foul. ...Read More

Three housing issues lawmakers are thinking about

Housing is a top priority for Washington State legislators as they look ahead to the 2022 session. If they’re thinking about housing, legislators are generally...Read More

Poll: Biden’s support slipping in the 8th CD

A new poll from the conservative American Action Network found that the Biden administration is losing support in seven Congressional swing districts, including Washington’s 8th,...Read More

Is a guaranteed basic income headed to King County?

On Thursday, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove proposed a study of a King County Basic Income Program to analyze the benefits of a guaranteed monthly...Read More

Morning Wire: Inslee vetoes, Candidate filing, Rainy day funds

Since the virtual conversation we’re hosting at 3:30 PM today is top of mind, would you like to see more video content at the Wire? Do you...Read More

Treasury Department releases guidelines to state and local governments for how they can use COVID-19 relief funds

The US Treasury Department released guidelines today to state and local governments for how they can use funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act...Read More

State-funded policy changes would increase spending by $3.214 billion in 2021–23

Earlier I wrote about the 2021 supplemental budget passed by the Legislature on Sunday. The Legislature also passed a 2021–23 operating budget. Because the governor has not...Read More

Washington State ranks 26th for federal COVID relief

Washington State ranks 26th in the country for the amount of federal COVID aid it has received through April 15, 2021, according to the latest...Read More

Analysis: Working families’ tax exemption will provide up to $1,200 per year to low-income Washingtonians

The working families’ tax exemption passed by the Legislature will provide up to $1,200 for individuals who qualify based on income, according to an analysis...Read More