Jerry Cornfield

Mukilteo schools may soon have state’s highest paid teachers

Mukilteo schools may soon have state’s highest paid teachers

Teachers ratified a new contract Monday and the Board of Education will consider it next month.

Mukilteo schools may soon have state’s highest paid teachers
When will 2020 race for governor begin? When Inslee says so

When will 2020 race for governor begin? When Inslee says so

Three potential candidates are mum for now as the governor vies for president and ponders a third term.

When will 2020 race for governor begin? When Inslee says so
Getting rid of the two-party system isn’t as popular as hoped

Getting rid of the two-party system isn’t as popular as hoped

Setbacks in 2018 derailed an effort by Brian Baird and Chris Vance to boost independent political power.

Getting rid of the two-party system isn’t as popular as hoped
State high court upholds $1,000 fines on ‘faithless electors’

State high court upholds $1,000 fines on ‘faithless electors’

They signed pledges to back their party’s nominee, Clinton, in 2016, but then voted for Colin Powell.

State high court upholds $1,000 fines on ‘faithless electors’
Pow! Bam! Inslee delivers a one-two punch of executive power

Pow! Bam! Inslee delivers a one-two punch of executive power

Governor shifted $175M to culverts and vetoed a sentence he said threatened funding for transit.

Pow! Bam! Inslee delivers a one-two punch of executive power
Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules

Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules

Feds say they’ll use what the state submitted in 2016 even though they’re no longer the state’s faves.

Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules
In state House, one historic era ends and another begins

In state House, one historic era ends and another begins

Chopp is out as speaker. Lovick is in, and already dealing with next steps in two investigations.

In state House, one historic era ends and another begins
AG’s legal tab in Eyman case nears $1M with trial a year away

AG’s legal tab in Eyman case nears $1M with trial a year away

The anti-tax activist will be tried in July 2020 on charges he repeatedly broke state election laws.

AG’s legal tab in Eyman case nears $1M with trial a year away
Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table

Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table

They didn’t pass a capital gains tax or plastic bag ban and the death penalty is still on the books.

Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table
If Inslee only knew, he might have run for president sooner

If Inslee only knew, he might have run for president sooner

The governor isn’t a great dealmaker. His absences from Olympia may be helping get his bills passed.

If Inslee only knew, he might have run for president sooner
State wants to rein in Eyman and he can’t stop it from trying

State wants to rein in Eyman and he can’t stop it from trying

A Thurston County judge says the legality of potential penalties can be tackled once his case is tried.

State wants to rein in Eyman and he can’t stop it from trying
What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the state House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages.

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?
Bill to protect compost operations from lawsuits fails again

Bill to protect compost operations from lawsuits fails again

This is the third time Cedar Grove sought changes to reduce threat of legal action over bad odors.

Bill to protect compost operations from lawsuits fails again
Showdown on Inslee’s clean air rule reaches Supreme Court

Showdown on Inslee’s clean air rule reaches Supreme Court

Justices will consider whether Inslee had authority to impose regulations. A lower court said no.

Showdown on Inslee’s clean air rule reaches Supreme Court
He might be the youngest city council member in the state

He might be the youngest city council member in the state

Jordan Sears, 19, has been appointed to fill a vacancy in Gold Bar. He’s not new to local politics.

He might be the youngest city council member in the state
All Quiet on the Car Tab Front in the Washington Legislature

All Quiet on the Car Tab Front in the Washington Legislature

Several bills have been introduced, but none made it to a hearing.

All Quiet on the Car Tab Front in the Washington Legislature
Inslee Suggests Old Tax Idea for the New Year

Inslee Suggests Old Tax Idea for the New Year

An old idea for boosting tax receipts is getting revived and repurposed for 2019. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is suggesting a new way of assessing… Continue reading

Inslee Suggests Old Tax Idea for the New Year
Jerry Cornfield

Even $50 Billion Can’t Pay Washington’s Bills

Fifty billion dollars. It will soon be the subject of many conversations in hallways, hearing rooms, and other Capitol hangouts in Olympia as the amount… Continue reading

Jerry Cornfield
Washington Lawmakers Could See Hefty Pay Raises

Washington Lawmakers Could See Hefty Pay Raises

Proposal comes from Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials.

Washington Lawmakers Could See Hefty Pay Raises
Even With Postage Paid, Voters Couldn’t Send Ballots on Time

Even With Postage Paid, Voters Couldn’t Send Ballots on Time

While those ballots don’t get counted, taxpayers still must pay the U.S. Postal Service for delivering them.

Even With Postage Paid, Voters Couldn’t Send Ballots on Time