OLYMPIA – A Spokane senator wants to keep other cities from mandating paid sick leave as the Spokane City Council has, or from raising the minimum wage higher than state law requires. The Spokane Council president said the proposal doesn't respect the will of local voters.
David Kay, 59, announced Tuesday he will run as a Democrat against incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who will be seeking her sixth term in Congress, and Joe Pakootas, who fell to McMorris Rodgers with roughly 40 percent of the vote in 2014.
A Senate committee could issue subpoenas as early as mid week to the state Department of Corrections for records related to computer problems that led to the early release of thousands of inmates. Democratic leaders called it a political diversion from more important work.
OLYMPIA – It didn’t take long for Washington’s Democratic governor and legislative Republicans to accuse each other of politics, which, of course, was completely unexpected for a legislative session in a major political election year.
A fairly busy day in Olympia, as Gov. Jay Inslee has scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference, the Senate Ways and Means Committee has a hearing on his budget at 3:30 p.m., and Senate Law and Justice has a hearing on dividing the state into districts for Supreme Court elections.
OLYMPIA – The Legislature should agree to pay public school teachers more, take steps to prevent devastating wildfires and expand mental health services, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. It should lay the groundwork for major improvements to school funding in 2017.
Keeping tabs on the Washington Legislature, which can feature competing floor sessions or dawn-to-dusk committee hearings, is challenging for denizens of the state capital but even more so for Spokane residents some 300 miles away.
The Internet and other technology make it easier than a generation ago, both for reporters and for readers