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 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

 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 Joseph Claypoole    News

Curbside alcohol service proposed for extension

People will continue to be able to get a mixed drink with their takeout food until 2023 under a bill now moving to the state Senate for consideration. Delivery and curbside/takeout service of alcoholic beverages and spirits has... — 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 Sydney Brown    News

Revised capital gains tax advances

A capital gains excise tax moved one step closer to approval Feb. 17 despite opposition from Republican lawmakers who call the law an unnecessary income tax and warn it will result... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Sydney Brown    News

Mill Creek rep's bill addresses the cost of school lunches

As a single mother who survived on food stamps, an added $20 monthly cost for her four children's lunch was more than Rep. Melanie Morgan, D-Tacoma, could afford at that time.... — Updated 2/19/2021

 By Sydney Brown    News

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

Homeless shelters would be located in many cities and counties and supplied with mental health, employment and police resources if a bill under consideration in the state Legislature is adopted. Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn,... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By Sydney Brown    News

Bill would ban open-carry weapons at peaceful state capitol protests

A proposed ban on open-carry weapons during public demonstrations sparked a heated debate on whether the bill unreasonably restricts the Second Amendment to secure the protections of the First. The Senate Law & Justice Committee... — Updated 2/10/2021

 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 Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek ballot box is second-most used

The ballot box at the Mill Creek Post Office had an adventurous and successful election season. It was struck, replaced, struck again, and replaced again – then the newest... — Updated 11/10/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

New City Council member sought

The application for Mill Creek City Council position 6 is Oct. 14, by 5 p.m. The Council seat is one of two that had to be filled this fall, after former Mayor Pam Pruitt abruptly... — Updated 11/7/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

Three with history of Mill Creek leadership ahead in the polls

Three Mill Creek residents were ahead for state representative and county seats, by the time Nov. 3 ballots were counted: the Snohomish County Elections Office reported John Lovick... — Updated 11/6/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

General election ballots in-hand now

Ballots may be in the hands of registered Snohomish County voters now, but if they're not, it's not too late to register. "Any voter who does not have their ballot by Wednesday,... — Updated 11/5/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

Special City meeting Oct. 20 named new council member

The City of Mill Creek named a new Council member at a special City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20. Meetings are the first, second and fourth Tuesday of every month and are curren... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

City of Mill Creek names council member for Position 6

Adam Morgan was appointed Oct. 20 to Position 6 of the Mill Creek City Council. Morgan is the owner of Porchlight Homes and a former Merrill Lynch financial advisor, his... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

Was your vote counted?

Ballots should be in the hands of voters by now, and anyone who has not received a ballot by today should contact the Snohomish County Auditor's office. That advice is from Garth... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

Election Day is right around the corner

Snohomish County voters are returning ballots as the Nov. 3 cutoff arrives, and those still unregistered can do so -- with a mask, and a ride to the Snohomish County Elections offic... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

New ballot box installed in Mill Creek

As ballots were prepped for mailbox arrival in homes around Mill Creek and beyond this week, the crumpled ballot box that sat in front of the Post Office was replaced. "It's 1,000 p... — Updated 10/29/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

'Molotov cocktail' post leads to apologies and a petition

A County Council member removed and widely apologized for a meme intended as a call to "be a bright light," but received by some as a nod toward violence against police. "My intent... — Updated 10/23/2020


Beacon journalists honored at newspaper association conference

Beacon Publishing picked up eight awards last week at the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention, which was held online. WNPA membership requires weekly... — Updated 10/22/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek library still shuttered to visitors

As a loosening of rules on Oct. 6 freed non-essential agencies to offer more options for visitors, the Mill Creek Sno Isle library visitors will continue to wait. "Mill Creek is... — Updated 10/20/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

City considers new member Council position 6

The City of Mill Creek is prepared to select its next new Council member. City Manager Michael Ciaravino and by now has received all applications for Position 6, by the Oct. 14, 5... — Updated 10/20/2020

 By Paul Archipley    News

The Beacon invites you to partner with us for a sustainable future

Dear Reader, 2020 may be remembered, ironically, as the year everyone would like to forget. From a pandemic to an economic collapse to political polarization and more, this has been a year like no other. Consequently, there has... — Updated 10/19/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

City prepares to distribute CARES grants to businesses, service organizations

The City Council approved a plan to distribute CARES funding to Mill Creek businesses. "The intent of the CARES Act is direct economic development for the businesses (that are) on... — Updated 10/16/2020

 By Jana Hill    News

General Election ballots go out this week

Ballots may have already arrived, but for those who are not yet registered to vote, options are available. "Ballots will be mailed this week to voters," said County Auditor Garth... — Updated 10/13/2020


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