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 By Patric Haerle    News

Inslee signs bills to help students

The return to in-person education in public schools is underway. Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills March 2, assuring students affected by the pandemic can graduate on time. The... — Updated 3/12/2021

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

Frontline workers to start receiving vaccines March 22

Essential frontline workers, such as grocery store employees, will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines later this month, Gov. Jay Inslee announced March 4. Others set to be... — Updated 3/10/2021 Full story

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

Capital gains tax narrowly passes Senate

A tax on capital gains, the sale of assets like stocks and bonds, passed the Senate by a single vote March 6. The bill was first amended to remove the emergency clause, meaning the issue is likely to appear on the ballot later... — Updated 3/10/2021

 
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Right and left agree on bill banning private prisons in state

Washington's only private detention center is proposed for closure. House Bill 1090 prohibits any person, business or government from operating private, for-profit detention... — Updated 3/7/2021

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

Inslee signs bills to help students

The return to in-person education in public schools is underway. Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills March 2, assuring students affected by the pandemic can graduate on time. The first bill waived graduation requirements for students... — Updated 3/4/2021

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

Republican budget proposal cuts programs, uses rainy-day fund

House Republicans released their proposed state budget Feb. 16, saying it shows how a Republican-controlled Legislature could craft a spending plan without raising taxes. “If House Republicans were in charge, we would debate... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

Measures looking to limit executive powers die in state legislature

It’s been one year since Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and calls for a special legislative session and cries of executive overreach have been constant ever since. A special... — Updated 2/24/2021

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

Inslee signs COVID-19 relief bill

Additional relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is on its way Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Feb. 19, that appropriates $2.2 billion federal dollars to be used for K-12 schools, public health, assistance to... — Updated 2/24/2021

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

Democrats push new tax on billionaires

Detractors fear plan could drive Washington’s wealthiest out of state House Democrats are rallying around a proposal to tax Washington State’s billionaires. House Bill 1406 would impose a 1 percent tax on intangible assets,... — Updated 2/9/2021

 
 By Patric Haerle    News

House approves bills on public access, tax exemptions, online training

A set of three bills designed to keep essential functions of the state running during the COVID pandemic and future emergencies passed unanimously on Jan. 22 in the first virtual roll call vote the House of Representatives held... — Updated 1/25/2021

 

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