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Investigation finds former lawmaker harassed assistant

An outside investigation into improper conduct allegations against former Sen. Kevin Ranker found he sexually harassed a former legislative assistant and created a hostile work environment for her once she left to work for a state agency.

Senate investigating allegations against Sen. Kevin Ranker

The state Senate is conducting an outside investigation into Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker following allegations of improper conduct, the first test of the chamber’s new workplace policies adopted in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Internet user protection bills face tough road in Washington Legislature

Lawmakers’ efforts to enact state restrictions against the sale of information about residents’ internet use faces two major hurdles – time running out in the legislative session and a full-court press by the telecommunications industry to convince them it would cause unnecessary confusion.

Competing plans on how to fix school taxes get airing

OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. But Democratic opponents counter it’s really a massive property tax on some residents, and a tax break for others. In 2019, property owners in school districts that hold more than 60 percent of the state’s residents – about 4 million people – would pay higher property taxes in a “swap” between state and local property taxes.

Levy swap for school pay: Revenue neutral or big tax hike?

OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. But Democratic opponents counter it’s really a massive property tax on some residents, and a tax break for others.

Parties offer dueling education plans at 11th hour

OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans unveiled different plans Wednesday to pump more state money into public schools just as the Legislature is supposed to be wrapping up this year’s session. Senate Democrats proposed a capital gains tax on the state’s wealthiest residents, those who earn more than $250,000 a year on their investments. It would raise an estimated $1.3 billion and provide the money for the state to take over a responsibility it has been shirking for years – paying the basic salaries of teachers and other school personnel.

Washington Senate budget would add money for schools

OLYMPIA – Public schools would get more money for math and science supplies and state colleges would keep tuition from going up in a proposal released by Washington Senate budget writers. But there would be no major new expenses, no cost-of-living raises for teachers, no new taxes and no closing of tax loopholes under the supplemental budget with a net increase of $96 million to the $33.6 billion two-year spending plan approved last year.

Beaver relocation effort garners bipartisan support

OLYMPIA – Beavers making a nuisance of themselves in Western Washington could be relocated to areas in Eastern Washington that need their help in damming streams, but the furry critters from Eastern Washington couldn’t be shipped west under a bill approved Wednesday by the Washington Senate. Seems there are already too many of the tree-chomping rodents west of the Cascades.