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Morning Wire: Revenue Forecast, Health policy update, Maia Espinoza

We took the liberty of building you a Bingo card ahead of tonight’s presidential debate. I wouldn’t add alcohol to this game, though. I expect a black...Read More

Legislative Democrats and Republicans lay out health policy priorities

Seven legislators with influence over Washington State health policy gathered last week to discuss their observations on health and fiscal policy since the previous legislative...Read More

Capitol insiders discuss budget and health policy options teed up for Washington’s 2021 legislative session

Lonnie Johns-Brown, Principal at Johns-Brown Government Relations, Leslie Emerick, Owner/Partner at Emerick & Bloom, and Tom McBride, Principal at McBride Public Affairs, laid out their...Read More

State seeks to address economic inequality by increasing culturally and linguistically relevant help for small-businesses owners

Small business owners now have more places to seek culturally and linguistically relevant help for dealing with COVID-19, thanks to expansion of the Small Business Resiliency...Read More

Kreidler approves average rate decrease of 3.2% for Washington’s 2021 Exchange health insurers

Thirteen health insurers have been approved to sell health plans in Washington state’s 2021 Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. This is the second consecutive year the average rate...Read More

Legislators respond with optimism and caution to increased revenue projection

Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2019–21 state budget and Near General Fund forecast for the next biennium (2021–23) are headed in...Read More

Morning Wire: Budget submissions, OSPI debate, Political rallies & COVID

The third quarter is almost to a close. What a year 2020 has been already, and yet the division of the general election still lies...Read More

Agencies outline spending priorities and potential cuts in operating budget proposals

State agencies and higher education institutions submitted their 2021-23 operating budget requests to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) last week outlining priorities for spending...Read More

Video: 2020 OSPI General Election Debate

On Thursday, September 17th, the Washington State Wire hosted a virtual debate between the general election candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction: Chris Reykdal and...Read More

Study: Washington has the strongest unions in the country

Washington State has the strongest unions in the country, according to a new study conducted by the financial modeling firm, SmartAsset. To formulate their rankings,...Read More