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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 Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions, champion her… Continue reading

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 unless enough people object in the next month. On May 17, a citizen… Continue reading

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 divined an approach to achieve some of the political and financial dividends they’ve… Continue reading

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 funds public schools, provides state employees a raise, freezes college tuition and transforms… Continue reading

Evenly divided Legislature inspires hope for moderates | The Petri Dish

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? This is not idle conversation as the approaching legislative session could be epic in its length and… Continue reading

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.

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.

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.

Eyman ‘elated’ over initiative success

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

Murky future for charter schools

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

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.

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.

State justices find lawmakers in contempt over school funding

The Washington State Supreme Court finds fault but agrees to wait

Better state economy brings in revenue

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

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.

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.

Your lawmakers at work

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

Governor Inslee will not impose death penalty

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

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.

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.