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Stories tagged: washington legislature

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 …

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.

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

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

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 …

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

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.

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

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 …

Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Downtown parking, June 20, 1941

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.

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.

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.

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.

Farrell resigns from Legislature to focus on mayoral race

Democratic state Rep. Jessyn Farrell is resigning from the Legislature to focus on her run for Seattle mayor.

Shawn Vestal: Legislature collects another F over school funding

Ho hum. The Legislature flunks again.

Washington lawmaker introduces bill to ban masks in public

A bill introduced in the Washington state Senate would ban the wearing of masks on public streets.

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Washington lawmakers heading into second special session

Lawmakers will head into a second special session as they continue to work toward reaching agreement on a two-year state budget that satisfies a state Supreme Court mandate on education …

State should bolster civil legal aid

Three out of four poorer individuals caught up in the civil system don’t receive any legal assistance despite qualifying for it.

Special election could affect balance of power at Capitol

One legislative contest in the Puget Sound area will decide whether the balance of power changes at the state Capitol.

Inslee signs bridge bill

With a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official on Wednesday: Southwest Washington legislators will renew conversations around how to ease traffic on the congested Interstate 5 …

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

Washington bill would remove state ban on nuclear attack planning

A 1984 prohibition on including nuclear attack preparations in Washington state’s emergency management plans would be removed under a new bill introduced by two lawmakers.

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.

Drone will assess leaks on roof of Washington Capitol

A drone will be deployed at the state Capitol within the next few weeks to determine what has led to a series of leaks from the building’s roof.

Jim Kowalkowski: Legislature should retain equitable teacher funding tools

The SAM and the staff mix work to provide each district with enough funding to cover the base salary of a teacher, regardless of the experience or education level of …