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Viewers in the gallery applaud as Gov. Jay Inslee makes his annual state-of-the state address before a joint legislative session Tuesday in Olympia. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Viewers in the gallery applaud as Gov. Jay Inslee makes his annual state-of-the state address before a joint legislative session Tuesday in Olympia. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Elected leaders gear up to sue lawmakers

Counties have expressed concern with the passage of unfunded or underfunded mandates.

Tax overhaul plan does not add up, Democrats insist | The Petri Dish

A tax overhaul plan drawn up by Republicans in Congress will be a good deal for many households though not everyone, or nearly everyone, as… Continue reading

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate

Democrats went to bed Tuesday night confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of the month.… Continue reading

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.