Political Economy

State Treasurer Issues Advance Refunding Bonds Ahead of Congressional Tax Reform

OLYMPIA, WA –The Office of the State Treasurer sold over $500 million of Various Purpose General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series R-2018D on Thursday, November 30th.The...Read More

Three things to think about ahead of the next HQ2 opportunity

Proposals are due to Amazon tomorrow from cities interested in recruiting the company – and its 50,000 new jobs – to the community.  You can...Read More

Four reasons Dave Reichert runs for governor in 2020, and four reasons he won’t

Republican Congressman Dave Reichert’s recent announcement of retirement from Congress has gotten a number of folks thinking about his open seat.  The 8th CD voted...Read More

Five reasons my money is on Austin for Amazon’s HQ2

I was in Austin, Texas, last week when Amazon released it’s news that it was shopping for an second, “equal” headquarters.  It was a topic...Read More

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