Jerry Cornfield

Jerry posted 44 stories to Mercer Island Reporter.
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Department of Education secretary coming to Bellevue | The Petri Dish

It was going to happen eventually. A top-shelf member of Republican President…

  • Sep 27th, 2017 1:26pm

Lawmakers, governor get a raise unless 129,811 people object | The Petri Dish

State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee will get a raise this fall…

  • May 23rd, 2017 12:00pm

A tax change lawmakers can love? It’s now up to GOP | The Petri Dish

After years of futility in targeting the wealthy, House Democrats may have…

  • Apr 4th, 2017 12:21pm

Inslee unveils plan to fully fund education with $5B in new and higher taxes

Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a $46.7 billion budget proposal Wednesday that fully…

  • Dec 16th, 2016 1:49pm

Evenly divided Legislature inspires hope for moderates | The Petri Dish

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? This is not idle…

  • Dec 2nd, 2016 12:30pm

Opening day 2016: Clean air, minimum wage hike | The Petri Dish

State lawmakers began the 2016 legislative session on Monday with a bit of ceremony featuring comments by Republican and Democratic leaders. Then members of the House and Senate dove into some controversial subjects.

  • Jan 15th, 2016 12:37am

Decision could avert dueling carbon measures in 2016

Backers of a carbon tax measure have spent months gathering signatures needed to earn a spot on the 2016 ballot. Now they may not turn them in because the content of a competing initiative polls better.

  • Dec 28th, 2015 9:43pm

Younger, moderate recruits bolster Republican ranks

Of late, Republicans are doing a better job finding people to run who fit the political philosophy and temperament of their district.

  • Nov 23rd, 2015 6:46pm

Eyman ‘elated’ over initiative success

‘I-1366 is Eyman’s boldest attempt yet to limit tax increases.'

  • Nov 11th, 2015 2:00pm

Murky future for charter schools

"Conversations are already occurring on how to keep these schools open."

  • Sep 15th, 2015 5:26pm

Money for schools is still not enough | Editorial

After being held in contempt for not fully funding basic education, lawmakers understand a lot more money will be spent on education this session.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 5:56pm

Lawmakers to try again to meet federal rules on test scores for teacher evaluations

Litzow introduces two new bills — $40 million ‘No Child Left Behind’ money at stake.

  • Feb 17th, 2015 6:02pm

State justices find lawmakers in contempt over school funding

The Washington State Supreme Court finds fault but agrees to wait

  • Sep 12th, 2014 10:08pm

Better state economy brings in revenue

State predicts more revenue, but it might not be enough for schools.

  • Jun 24th, 2014 8:01pm

An incomplete or an ‘F’?

Imagine the domed state Capitol as a classroom, with 147 state lawmakers as students, and you may get a better picture of the challenge facing Washington’s Supreme Court this summer.

  • May 9th, 2014 7:14pm

Oso tragedy: Questions can wait

As unanswered questions pile up, some of those chronicling the disaster are losing patience. So are some of those entrusted with trying to sort things out.

  • Apr 1st, 2014 9:53pm

Your lawmakers at work

Here is a short list of lesser new laws passed in Olympia.

  • Mar 19th, 2014 12:48am

Governor Inslee will not impose death penalty

State Attorney General agrees, but has said he would uphold the sentence in the past

  • Feb 13th, 2014 6:20pm

Bill would allow more ads on government websites

Sites would join the state’s Department of Transportation and a growing crowd of public entities across the country monetizing their websites through ads.

  • Feb 11th, 2014 8:31pm

From new license plates to rules on pot, Legislature faces busy session ahead

A preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers next year can be found in the pile of legislation awaiting them when they return to Olympia in January.

  • Dec 23rd, 2013 7:19pm