Political Economy

Restored ferry route brings relief to San Juan Islands

After two weeks of delays, the Anacortes-San Juan Islands ferry route was restored to full service this past Saturday. The Yakima’s generator failed on July...Read More

Capital budget’s impact on school construction funding

The third special session ended yesterday without the passage of the $4.2 billion capital budget. Legislators were unable to agree on a water-rights bill to...Read More

Legislature agrees on capital budget, Hirst still unclear

The State Legislature has reached an agreement on the capital budget. Senate Republicans were holding the capital budget hostage until an agreement was reached on...Read More

Council approves city income tax on high earners

Council unanimously approved legislation today creating a city income tax on high-income households to move Seattle toward a fairer, more progressive tax system. The legislation (Council Bill...Read More

Inslee veto reneges on negotiated tax agreement, betrays Washington workers, say House Republican leaders

Despite a negotiated agreement between Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a section of Senate Bill 5977, which would have...Read More

Budget stalemate puts state’s financial reputation at risk

It takes a lot of time and dedication to build a good reputation but it takes only one bad choice to destroy it in an...Read More

Wire Poll on Mayor Race, Re-Wire Policy Conference, Government shutdown

We have poll results out from our first Wire Poll, and some suggested topics to share for this fall’s first Re-Wire Policy Conference. So, while...Read More

Rep. Terry Nealey statement on June 2017 state revenue forecast

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly state revenue forecast today. According to Chief Economist and Executive Director Steve Lerch, the...Read More

Fundraising totals, press going “fishing,” Mainstream Republicans

The purpose of the re-launched Wire is to build a platform for political and economic voices across the spectrum of Washington State’s economy.  We do...Read More

Speaker Frank Chopp statement regarding Governor Inslee and budget negotiations

I thank Governor Inslee for his leadership in moving budget negotiations forward. As the Governor said, compromise is the key to resolving the budget. The...Read More