Jerry Cornfield

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.

GOP Senators Continue Quest to Slash Car Tab Fees

Legislation passed Tuesday lowers the tax rate from 1.1 percent to 0.5 percent and requires Sound Transit to calculate fees using the Kelley Blue Book.

State Agencies Prep for ‘Unlikely’ Government Shutdown

More than 60,000 public employees have been notified of a potential layoff.

The gantry system is tested at the new 777x Composite Wing Center at Paine Field in Everett last year. Tax breaks enticed the Boeing Co. to locate the 777X assembly line in Washington. Photo by Kevin Clark/Herald

Boeing Saved $242 Million Through Tax Breaks in 2016

But Washington state labor leaders say the aerospace giant isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain.

The gantry system is tested at the new 777x Composite Wing Center at Paine Field in Everett last year. Tax breaks enticed the Boeing Co. to locate the 777X assembly line in Washington. Photo by Kevin Clark/Herald
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High School Graduation Testing Rules Stymie State Lawmakers

Would-be graduates wait in limbo while Republicans and Democrats stand their ground.

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Prepping for a Government Shutdown Is the New Normal in Olympia

For the third straight budget year, things are coming down to the wire.

A Divided Legislature Pushes Into Second Special Session

“They have a lot of work to do. They have a long way to go to reach consensus.”

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As Special Session Comes to a Close, Very Little Accomplished

State lawmakers failed to pass a budget or find an answer for McCleary.

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Eyman Calls AG’s Lawsuit Over Finances Politically Motivated

The conservative political activist says Bob Ferguson “consistently opposed” his ballot measures.

State Lawmakers, Governor to Get a Pay Raise This Fall

And, no, they legally cannot refuse the bump.

Relief From Car Tab Fees Runs Into a Legislative Jam

As a legislative inquisition into the taxing scheme for Sound Transit 3 gets under way, a question arises: Did Olympia lawmakers read the fine print?

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Fare Increases for State Ferries Likely This Fall

Washington State Ferries must generate $8.4 million in new revenue, according to the transportation operating budget.

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What Lawmakers Have Been Working On While Not Solving McCleary

This year’s motto could be: Don’t sweat the big stuff.

Rami Atallah of Shoreline marches in Seattle’s Tax Day Protest earlier this year. Photo by Alex Garland

Dems Want to Keep Trump Off the Ballot If He Doesn’t Release His Tax Returns

A group of legislators is asking the attorney general if such a thing is possible.

Rami Atallah of Shoreline marches in Seattle’s Tax Day Protest earlier this year. Photo by Alex Garland

Following Recent Layoffs, Two Bills Threaten Boeing Tax Break

The aerospace company has eliminated 7,500 Washington state jobs in the last year. If the layoffs continue, say some Republicans and Democrats, the state should curtail the 2013 deal.

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Key Sound Transit Deal Back on Track With Budget Agreement

Federal funding for the Lynnwood Link Extension will extend through September, at least.

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Pay Raises May Be on the Way for Governor, Lawmakers, and Judges

An independent commission is considering increases of 2 to 8 percent.

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