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Capital Budget Passed, But Affordable Housing Still Threatened

Some state projects aimed at homeless families and disabled veterans won’t happen.

 

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State Legislature

Ballot Initiative Threat Has Energy Industry Warming to Governor’s Carbon Tax Plan

Businesses fear a ballot-passed tax could be far costlier than a negotiated deal.

 

Foster parents and advocates rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday. Photo by Gary Love

Foster Parents Advocate for Stronger Rights

Advocates hope to revamp the current system to ease the toll on kids and their foster families.

 

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State Legislature

Washington Lawmakers Clash Over Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes

A passed bill eliminating victims’ restrictions may not be heard in the state Senate.

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While the new Navigation Center is the recommended choice of the Navigation Team, it’s unclear how effective their efforts have been. File photo

Should the City Expand Its Homeless Outreach?

The Navigation Team was created to ease the impact of encampment clean-ups, but its growth is on hold as some question its effectiveness.

While the new Navigation Center is the recommended choice of the Navigation Team, it’s unclear how effective their efforts have been. File photo
The Post Exchange and Gymnasium building is one of many structures remaining from Fort Lawton’s past. Photo by Wonderlane/Flickr

As Plans for Fort Lawton Move Forward, a New School Appears Less Likely

The former Army base could ease the city’s low-income housing shortage or school overcrowding. It just probably can’t do both.

The Post Exchange and Gymnasium building is one of many structures remaining from Fort Lawton’s past. Photo by Wonderlane/Flickr

Sam’s Club Locations in Auburn, Renton, Seattle Abruptly Close

The move comes after the company announced plans to increase worker pay and benefits.

Judge Rules Seattle Is in Compliance with Consent Decree

The news ushers in a two-year monitoring period in which the city can’t slip up.

For Opponents of a Carbon Tax, an Initiative Threat Looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

A Conductor Sues Amtrak, a Family Gets Out of the Movie Business, and Sonic Comes to Kent

Plus, the Eastside comes together in support of its Muslim residents.

For Homeless Seattleites, a Reprieve From the Debilitating Burden of Warrants

People lacking a permanent addresses often don’t know when they are supposed to appear in court. And they don’t have the money to pay the fines that follow.

Inslee: ‘It’s Our State’s Destiny … to Fight Climate Change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Firs Mobile Home Park residents stand in the King County Superior Court following a hearing on January 4. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Judge Blocks Eviction Cases Brought Against SeaTac Mobile Homeowners

The order buys the about 200 residents more time, for now.

Firs Mobile Home Park residents stand in the King County Superior Court following a hearing on January 4. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

As the DOJ Shifts on Marijuana, Washington Leaders Consider a Counter-Measure

A bipartisan contingent of state officials say they are open to meeting with Jeff Sessions in the future.

Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

The Office of Labor Standards Sets Plan for Implementation of the Hotel Worker Law

It has been more than a year since the law was approved by voters.

Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at the Museum of History and Industry on May 19, 2016.. Photo by Joe Mabel/Flickr

Local Politicians and Advocates Push for Immigrant Protections

Amid national immigration talks Wednesday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Motel 6 for discriminatory policies while advocates asked that Congress act on DACA.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at the Museum of History and Industry on May 19, 2016.. Photo by Joe Mabel/Flickr