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The bill, which passed 47-1, would make June 19 a paid day-off for state employees, an effort to honor those who were slaves, celebrate the end of slavery and make a first step toward improving the knowledge of Black history in the state.
Current two-year capital budget proposals — which fund many construction projects across the state — set aside a large portion for higher education facilities, including Spokane Falls Community College, Washington State University and Eastern Washington University.
While lawmakers have dipped into the fund in the past, it's never had this much money in it, and it's never been drained this completely.
The request is being made as the state Legislature nears its Friday deadline to pass legislation related to the budget. For the past four years, Airway Heights has been drawing its water exclusively from the city of Spokane to avoid a toxic plume of polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the groundwater.
The bill now heads back to the Senate for final consideration of added amendments before the governor's final signature.
Sometimes in politics, it seems as though we are through the looking glass like Alice, where Humpty Dumpty contends that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” That’s how I feel when I hear the term “bipartisan legislation”, which seems to mean exactly what the politician speaking wants it to mean.
With a bill to designate Juneteenth as a paid state legal holiday, the state Legislature is hoping to honor those who were slaves, celebrate the end of slavery and make a first step toward improving the knowledge of Black history in the state.
Additionally, it would spend $2.2 billion of the more than $4 billion in flexible federal money that came directly to the state government on business assistance, rental assistance, food assistance and unemployment insurance, among other areas.
The proposed budget released Thursday would spend $59.2 billion over the next two-years in addition to $7 billion in one-time federal stimulus funding.
The House and Senate released separate transportation budget proposals this week, outlining their spending priorities for the next two-year cycle starting July 1. The House proposal, authored by House Transportation Committee Chair Jake Fey looks to spend $10.9 billion while the Senate proposal, authored by Senate Transportation Chair Steve Hobbs, would spend $11.7 billion.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued a temporary emergency rule Tuesday prohibiting insurers from using credit scoring to determine insurance rates, after an effort to ban the practice in state law failed in the Legislature.
After a year of economic uncertainty and possible budget deficits, it looks like Washington's revenue is right back to where it was a year ago.
The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, and Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, would set up a dedicated funding account, investing about $125 million every two years for wildfire response, forest health and community resilience — something Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, legislators and advocates have been pushing for years.
A broad legislative proposal that would address child care shortages and prices across the state passed its first major hurdles last week. The bill would expand child care access for families and improve support and subsidy rates for providers through a newly created funding account.
The House will soon hold hearings on a proposal to institute a state capital gains tax, which means we will revisit the arguments of whether it’s an unconstitutional income tax or a permissible excise tax.
Washington state is set to receive billions of dollars as part of Congress' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, with aid going to schools, child care, state and local governments, and more.
A bill that would provide tax relief to Washington residents when rebuilding homes damaged by natural disasters passed the Senate unanimously.
A bill, proposed by Democratic Spokane Rep. Marcus Riccelli, would create new regional service centers to support local public health jurisdictions, change the makeup of local public health boards and establish an advisory board to oversee the state's public health system. It passed 56-41 with some mixed feelings on both sides.
After a more than four-hour long debate, the bill passed 25-24 despite stiff opposition from Republicans who call it an unconstitutional income tax. Three Democrats also voted against it.
OLYMPIA – Washington Senate lawmakers Monday approved a bill to begin requiring law enforcement agencies around the state to report details when officers use force against citizens.