Virtual Conversation | Recapping the 2021 Session: Legislative Republicans, May 18, 2021 Register

Morning Wire: Capital gains tax passes, Budgets, Republican response

This was an impressive session for progressives, the likes of which we haven’t seen since either the 1993 session. The challenge for them now will...Read More

How health equity showed up in the legislature this session

The past year has shined a spotlight on the systemic inequities that proliferate the nation. In Washington, a theme of the session seemed to be...Read More

Legislature passes 2021-23 operating budget, making use of state revenue and COVID relief funds

On the last day of the legislative session, Washington legislators passed their 2021-2023 operating budget, appropriating $10.6 billion in COVID-19 federal stimulus funds and $59...Read More

Bateman: “Compassion and opportunity are stronger than iron bars”

Rep. Jessica Bateman knows her story is unique. It shouldn’t be, but it is. Before the Washington State House of Representatives awarded final passage Saturday...Read More

Senate passes $6.3 billion capital construction budget

The State Senate voted Friday to approve a $6.3 billion capital construction budget, directing funds to priorities such as broadband infrascture, affordable housing, conservation, higher...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

Senate responds “Do Not Concur” to House capital gains amendments

In an order of consideration filed today, the State Senate responded to the capital gains tax bill passed by the House yesterday with a “Do...Read More

Morning Wire: Cap gains passes House, Climate Commitment Act, Health legislation

Four days left in this year’s session, with some big questions left on the table. Will the Senate go along with the House capital gains...Read More

Zeiger: A Call to Reform Emergency Powers

Following the 2016 Cascadia Rising exercise led by the Washington Military Department in preparation for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, I learned about limitations on...Read More

Capital gains tax passes House, heads to Senate for concurrence 

After several hours of debate, the House passed the Senate’s capital gains tax bill Wednesday in a 52-46 vote, bringing Democrats one step closer to rebalancing Washington’s...Read More