Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district
The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 5:08 p.m.
Car-tab tax initiative fails to garner enough signatures
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman says his initiative to toss out Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes and instead tax every vehicle in the state at $30 has failed to collect enough signatures …
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017
Legislators might not be able to hide things by refusing records requests
Judge says legislators might not be able to keep information secret by denying a public records requests.
Fri., Dec. 22, 2017
Counties are right about unfunded mandates
The way the Legislature has heaped more responsibilities on local governments – counties as well as cities – year after year so the state can cut costs seems wrong.
Thu., Dec. 21, 2017
Inslee budget a good starting point
There is a need to fully fund public schools and finally remove the yoke of the McCleary ruling that has dominated discussion in Olympia for far too long.
Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 6:22 p.m.
Study: Oil tankers may need tug escorts on Columbia River
Tethered tug escorts could provide added protection for oil tankers on the Columbia River if tanker traffic increases due to new marine terminals, a study commissioned by the Washington Legislature …
Wed., Dec. 13, 2017
Legislature should pass ‘dark money’ bill
Both parties have benefited from anonymous donations. Both parties have been burned by them. Now they should join forces and eliminate them.
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017
Let’s hear the case for secrecy
If legislators ever want to come out from behind their attorneys and make an affirmative case for secrecy, we’re all ears. Just make sure it’s a public hearing publicized well …
Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Legislature’s efforts to keep secrets from the public is shameful self-dealing
There’s a fascinatingly circular argument the attorneys for the Washington Legislature are making for why lawmakers should be allowed to keep the records of their activities secret from the public. …
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5:28 p.m.
Washington Legislature argues most records exempt under law
Attorneys for the Washington Legislature argued in a filing Friday that lawmakers pointedly exempted most of their records from the state’s public records act decades ago and therefore are not …
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
Spin Control: We need a better policy to fight sexual harassment, women tell top lawmakers
Women lawmakers, lobbyists and staff members say it’s time to really have zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017
Cost of legislative inaction mounts
Those who are annoyed need to speak up and let legislators know adjourning before getting the job done is unacceptable.
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017
Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: New levy laws unfair to rural schools
The local levies the richest districts can collect each year is 66 percent more per student than what the poorest districts can collect.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
Spokane City Council to consider jumping into Washington state construction budget fight
City lawmakers will soon decide whether to jump into the fray unfolding in Olympia over the state’s budget for new construction and a controversial court ruling involving water rights.
Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Out & about: Washington State surveys public attitudes on plethora of public land access permits
Washington state agencies are looking into simplifying the quagmire of cards, stickers or vehicle mirror-hanger documents required for recreating on local, state and federal lands and perhaps even private timber …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:22 p.m.
Democrat Dhingra leads Republican Englund in race that likely will decide if GOP keeps control of state Senate
With control of the state Senate at stake, Democrat Manka Dhingra is ahead of Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund in the race for an expensive legislative race.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 4:19 p.m.
Spokane eyes tougher regulations for Uber, Lyft after outcry from cab companies
With no new rules in sight from the state Legislature, Spokane signed contracts with the popular ride-hailing services last week with the promise city laws would be rewritten. Traditional taxi …
Mon., July 24, 2017, 8:59 a.m.
Key Washington state Senate race is drawing big money
A competitive Washington state Senate election that will determine the balance of power in Olympia is already drawing big money.
Fri., July 21, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says
The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests, the agency director said Friday.
UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 9:12 p.m.
Wife of senator on military duty set to fill in for him
Republican Sen. John Braun’s wife will be sworn in as a temporary senator to fill in for him while he’s on military training for the U.S. Navy Reserve.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Eyman launches initiative to toss Sound Transit car-tab taxes
Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he’s launching a new initiative to the Legislature to toss out Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes and instead tax every vehicle in the state at …
Sun., July 2, 2017
Editorial: Budget passed with an unconscionable secrecy, haste
What is it that public servants are afraid the public will see? According to lawmakers who defend the secrecy, the answer is honesty. Can’t be frank if the public is …
UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 9:05 a.m.
Teague: Online sales-tax collection levels playing field
Small businesses supporting their local communities throughout the state are currently getting beaten by out-of-state online sellers who unfairly compete by not collecting sales taxes.
Fri., June 23, 2017
Special-ed needs the attention of lawmakers
Funding levels for special education services are shaped by two metrics: a cap and a multiplier. Neither one may reflect the reality of particular school districts.
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached
About 60 people gathered in Spokane Thursday afternoon as part of a statewide series of rallies to plead with the legislature to pass a budget before the state government is …
Tue., June 20, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Downtown parking, June 20, 1941
Sun., June 18, 2017
Editorial: Legislators heading for inexcusable cram session
To pull a cram session on something as momentous and far-reaching as education funding is a dereliction of their duty.
Fri., June 9, 2017
Editorial: Kill biology, but don’t undermine testing
Some lawmakers see this as an opportunity to sever the link between the math and English assessments and graduation. Not so fast.
Sat., June 3, 2017
Scott Hutsell: State aims to catch up on deferred maintenance
Many smaller communities, especially in Central and Eastern Washington, need access to low-cost financing and technical assistance to maintain or build vital public projects.
Sat., June 3, 2017
Reykdal’s education blueprint worth considering at some point
There are additional aspects to schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s ambitious plan, and the details are worth exploring. Yet they also are too complex for lawmakers to consider at this point.