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Sunday, December 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.

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 …

Wells, internet privacy are unfinished business

With a special session or two ahead, the Legislature should resolve unfinished business regarding domestic water wells and internet privacy.

Vickie L. Raines: State shirking duty to finance indigent public defense

It is time for the state of Washington to step up to the responsibility the U.S. Supreme Court gave it and fund counties for this service.

Idaho counties air objections to new forest plan

North Idaho’s counties want more influence over how the U.S. Forest Service manages hundreds of thousands of acres in the region. Actions such as road closures, fire management and proposed …

Spin Control: West Side plays victim in county-merging pitch

OLYMPIA – The east-west split in Washington is probably never as interesting as in the early weeks of a legislative session, when hope springs eternal in the breasts of legislators …