The Morning Wire: Keeping you informed on Washington politics, policy, and political economy

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

Ranker: Unconscionable that Senate Republicans blocked vote on capital budget

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement after Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote on the state capital budget: It is incredibly unfortunate...Read More

Capital budget, Ryan Calkins, #dadhacks

With luck, today will be the last day of the 2017 legislative session, giving us a whopping 12 days before the August primary.  We’ve got...Read More

Political punditry from the Deja Vu strip club

Chalk this one up to leaving a digital trail of crumbs when perhaps you didn’t want to. In reviewing political ads, I came across Nikkita...Read More

Commercials in the Seattle mayor’s race

With the August primary heating up, we thought we would run down a few of the commercials on the air in the Seattle mayor’s race. ...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

Tacoma City Council passes homelessness ordinance

Tacoma City Council passed an ordinance this week aimed at cracking down on homeless encampments. The ordinance prohibits unauthorized camping on public property until October...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

2017-19 budget: “This deal is getting worse all the time”

After getting over the initial shock of nearly 1,000 pages of spending, taxes and education policy being released and acted on without any measure of...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