Stories tagged: Timm Ormsby
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 10:55 P.M.
Washington lawmakers say they can’t plan yet for health care changes as GOP hopes to repeal Obamacare stall in Congress
Changes to the Affordable Care Act could be costly to Washington, but lawmakers say there are too many variables to make firm plans yet.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 11:05 P.M.
State revenue inches up but impact on Washington budget debated
State tax revenue up slightly but budget writers don’t agree on what that means for taxes and spending overall.
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017, 10:56 P.M.
Spokane considers new misdemeanor penalty to combat car theft
Under a new law, entering or staying in a car that isn’t yours would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017, 8:34 A.M.
Spin Control: Washington lawmakers discuss naming U.S. 395 for person who made it a better highway
House debates whether to name U.S. Highway 395 for the guy who helped find the money to make it a better, safer highway.
UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 5:15 P.M.
Washington state House votes to extend schools’ taxing authority
House agrees to extend school districts extra taxing authority for one year.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 4:32 P.M.
Will Washington schools get $1.75 billion more in 2018? Panel split.
Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 8 A.M.
Spokane lawmakers could be in strong positions in 2017 Legislature
Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016, 9:41 P.M.
Incumbents, Republican Mike Volz preferred by voters in state legislative contests
Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016
Carder, Ormsby fight to represent
Incumbent Timm Ormsby faces Republican Laura Carder in the 3rd Legislative District.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 3:09 P.M.
Timm Ormsby faces two challengers for House seat
Opponents of state Rep. Timm Ormsby in the Aug. 2 Washington primary say it’s time for the incumbent to go. “He’s been there long enough,” said Republican Laura Carder. “I …
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016, 10:24 A.M.
Lead testing at Washington schools inconsistent
For about $5 per student in Washington’s public schools, every parent could know if the drinking water in their child’s school was free of lead.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 4:33 P.M.
Teacher raises, mental health salaries in House Democratic budget
House Democrats propose raises for teachers, state mental health professionals in new budget.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015
Washington teachers receive same base pay no matter location
While many rural school districts in the United States struggle to recruit and retain quality teachers, Washington is one of just a few states where a teacher’s base salary is …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
Washington House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $12
OLYMPIA – Washington would raise the minimum wage for most workers to $12 an hour by 2019 under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday after a spirited partisan …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015
Inslee urges new taxes in state of the state address
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday repeated calls for some new taxes, including one on carbon pollution to secure “a birthright to a healthy Washington.” Republican leaders countered that …
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
House group OKs estate tax rewrite
OLYMPIA – With less than two weeks left in the special session and Gov. Jay Inslee urging them to “pick up the pace,” legislators showed some slight progress but faced …
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013
Washington Supreme Court rejects tax initiative
OLYMPIA – Legislators have waited months for the Washington Supreme Court to answer a political question that has roiled the state for two decades: Can voters force them to round …
THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012
Statewide report grades lawmakers on racial equity
Republican lawmakers from Spokane and Eastern Washington received failing grades in a new statewide report on racial equity issued by a liberal-leaning organization. Only Democratic state Rep. Andy Billig from …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012
Democrats holding edge in Legislature
Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than …
THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012
Party lines clearly divide candidates
The race between incumbent Democratic state Rep. Timm Ormsby and his Republican opponent, Dave White, gives voters a clear choice along party lines. Dave White, a Spokane County public works …
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012
Judge rules against two-thirds tax law
OLYMPIA – Requiring a supermajority for the Legislature to approve tax increases, as Washington voters have required several times over the past two decades, is unconstitutional, a King County Superior …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012, 12:51 P.M.
Supermajority for taxes unconstitutional, judge rules
OLYMPIA — A King County Superior Court judge says the super-majority approved by voters for tax increases is unconstitutional.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2011
Legislative re-districting suggests impact on incumbents
OLYMPIA – A special panel redrawing the state’s political boundaries fired the first four shots last week in the coming political battle over legislative districts. Four commissioners offered their best …
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011
Getting There: Runway work reaches halfway point at airport
Fifteen trucks ferry concrete in a constant stream to the northeast end of the main runway at Spokane International Airport. More than 100 workers are on the job, building a …
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
State funds will help Second Harvest improve safety, services
A few months ago 50 volunteers, including many servicemen and -women from Fairchild Air Force Base, gathered in Spokane’s Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse and distribution center. Their job was …
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
Deal cinches workers’ comp changes
OLYMPIA – After tying the Legislature in knots for much of the last three months, changes to the state’s century-old workers’ compensation sped through both houses Monday with comfortable margins. …
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011
Editorial: Industrial insurance reform hits labor hurdle
Washington’s industrial insurance system ranks as one of the costliest in the nation, and from the mischief that unfolded this week in Olympia, union-friendly lawmakers want it to stay that …
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
Protesters march through Capitol
OLYMPIA – Sixteen protesters were arrested in Washington’s Capitol outside the governor’s office Thursday in the third day of demonstrations over proposed cuts to state spending. Fifteen, including three from …
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011
Legislators seeking money for the MAC
OLYMPIA – A proposal to keep museums in Spokane and Tacoma open by tapping a savings account for a new Heritage Center in Olympia was introduced Thursday in the Washington …
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
Town hall meetings Saturday
There’s a break in the Washington legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area senators and representatives will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings. The break …