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Morning Wire: Sen. Christine Rolfes, Economic relationships, Budget proposal

Today is day 79 of the 105-day session, but the end game has been set. My guess is capital gains will barely pass. The Working...Read More

How the Senate transportation budget makes use of federal funds

The Senate passes their 2021-23 Transportation Budget, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs (D – Lake Stevens) in a unanimous vote Monday. The budget makes use of...Read More

Q&A: Sen. Christine Rolfes answers questions on the Senate Democrats’ 2021-2023 Operating Budget

As chair the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator Christine Rolfes (D – Bainbridge Island) is the majority’s lead budget writer. Last week Senate Democrats...Read More

House Democratic Caucus releases 2021-23 state operating budget proposal

The House Democratic Caucus unveiled its proposed 2021-23 state operating budget Friday – proposing to spend $58 billion in state funds over the next two...Read More

Economic relationships amid COVID: The K-shaped recovery

In a K-shaped recovery, there is a separate trajectory for different segments of the economy. Economic and political relationships play a role in shaping that...Read More

Morning Wire: K-shaped recovery, Budget proposals, Equity bills

This is an increasingly tense time of the session. Folks are tired from long hours of advocacy and policy making. We are close to the...Read More

“Working through crisis” – The K-shaped recovery

Economic conditions both predating and overlapping with the pandemic have exacerbated workforce shortages in rural Washington. This is what the Wire heard from union leaders...Read More

Homelessness rises 6.2% in Washington state

According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Washington State experienced a 6.2% increase in homelessness between 2019-2020,...Read More

Bill requiring health equity training for med-students scheduled for executive session

A Senate bill that aims to address disproportionate health outcomes by building a foundation of equity in medical training is scheduled for executive session in...Read More

“Managing through crisis” – How the K-shaped recovery looks for small business owners

Amid reports that a “K-shaped” recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is widening inequality, how do the different rates of recovery look...Read More