Olympia

Initial Returns Point to a Power Shift in the State Senate

With a 25-24 advantage, what will Democrats do?

 

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Justices Frustrated With State’s Tardiness on Funding of Schools

The high court also struggled to understand how much money is needed to achieve compliance.

 

Governor: ‘Much Work to Be Done’ on Racism in the U.S.

President Donald Trump “never misses a chance to polarize America,” Inslee says.

 

Sound Transit’s Property Tax Problem Is Still a Problem

Some property owners are being forced to pay the tax despite not being able to vote on the agency’s most recent project.

Washington Voters Will Be Asked to Weigh In on New Taxes

The advisory measures are nonbinding, but the architect of the ballot items says they could change the conversation around future taxation.

Lawmakers to Court: We’ve Complied With School-Funding Order

The people behind the McCleary lawsuit that prompted the order disagree.

Petition Seeks Rewrite of State’s New Distracted-Driving Law

Petitioners focus on the law’s impact on eating, drinking, and smoking while driving.

Session Ends With Hirst Unresolved, Capital Budget Not Passed

The governor says he is willing to convene yet another special session if an agreement can be reached.

Lawmakers Running Out of Time to Solve the Hirst Riddle

If legislators can’t figure it out before Thursday night, the capital budget is unlikely to pass.

Despite Budget Progress, Legislators Still Have Work to Do

Water rights and car tabs are still on the docket.

State Budget Passed, Avoiding Government Shutdown

The $43.7 billion budget didn’t become public until early Friday and received no public hearing before lawmakers voted.

There’s a Budget Deal, But Even Some Lawmakers Don’t Know What It Is

One senator called the process “very disheartening.”

Deal Reached to Ease the Stakes of High School Graduation Tests

The biology requirement would be suspended, while students who fail English and math exams would be provided a pathway to graduation.

As Third Special Session Begins, Lawmakers Struggle Over Budget

Inslee says shutdown would be historic failure by lawmakers.

With the State Budget at an Impasse, the Countdown to Shutdown Is On

If a budget isn’t signed by the end of July 1, state parks will close, critical social services will stop, and thousands of workers will be laid off.

House, Senate Narrow Differences on Testing Requirements

A proposed compromise would provide a way for students who fail the English and math assessments to graduate.

Dems, GOP Sit Down for Serious Talks on Water Rights Law

The Hirst decision was embraced by environmentalists and tribal leaders. Now lawmakers must figure out how to adhere to it.

Lawmakers Near Deal on Paid Family Leave for All Workers

The legislature established the program in 2017, but is only now in agreement on how to fund it.