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Although battered by the pandemic, Washington's budget outlook isn't as bad as originally expected when the virus first hit, the state economist said Wednesday.
Former Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple and longtime state Rep. Timm Ormsby disagree on many of the biggest issues facing the state, leaving a clear choice for voters in central Spokane to make in November.
Spokane Public Schools is jpdoing the math, and so far it doesn’t add up. If students are to return to school this fall, only about 20 will fit inside a typical classroom and still comply with social distancing requirements in the face of COVID-19.
Facing uncertainty over a possible economic downturn from the novel coronavirus outbreak and the need to fight the outbreak that has claimed more than two dozen lives, lawmakers said they significantly rewrote the budget plan they expect to pass quickly by Thursday evening.
House and Senate leaders released plans to spend an extra $1 billion on state programs over the next 16 months, taking advantage of an influx in unexpected tax revenue from the strong economy. They have no major tax increases and no major tax cuts.
Representatives from Washington’s 3rd District delivered an update on 2020 legislative issues – including education, health, housing, gun control and Rep. Matt Shea – to about 200 Spokane voters at the Woman’s Club Saturday morning.
The odds in favor of sports betting becoming legal at tribal casinos in Washington got substantially better Thursday evening as the House passed a proposal with overwhelming support.
I-976 is bad news for everyone who lives and works in the Spokane region..
Residents of central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District will have a chance to seek answers from their lawmakers on Thursday afternoon.
Rent control has gained ground in New York, but less so in Spokane, where homelessness and rental scarcity are problems that lawmakers are now seeking to alleviate with different approaches.
The Crosswalk Teen Shelter – Spokane’s oldest emergency youth shelter – is “bursting at the seams.”
Legislature moves toward passing a $52.4 billion operating budget and adjourning today.
House Democrats’ budget calls more spending on schools, mental health and college scholarships, plus new taxes to help pay for it.
School districts and lawmakers across the state struggle with some of the things the McCleary fix didn’t fix.
Spokane and the rest of Eastern Washington finds itself in an enviably strong position as legislators return to the capital Monday for the 2019 session.
Democratic state Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli have won new terms representing Washington’s 3rd Legislative District, which covers the city of Spokane.
Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District encompasses some of the poorest neighborhoods in Washington. Its residents need representatives in the state House who have the skill, experience and influence to navigate the policy and budget processes on their behalf. Fortunately, voters will find two such leaders on the Nov. 6 ballot: incumbents Marcus Riccelli and Timm Ormsby.
Voters and donors aren’t backing away from incumbent 3rd District Representative Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, despite him being charged with driving under the influence in February. Since then Ormsby has apologized and said the incident was a wake-up call that caused him to quit drinking entirely. In the August primaries Ormsby collected a commanding 64 percent of the vote against his opponent, retired Marine Lt. Col. Dave Lucas, a Republican and a political newcomer. Ormsby also holds a substantial lead in fundraising, collecting nearly triple the cash Lucas has.
State Rep. Timm Ormsby pleads guilty to reckless driving after rolling his Jeep and being charged with DUI.
Rep. Timm Ormsby charged in Olympia with driving under the influence after rolling his Jeep.