Jerry Cornfield

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.

I-517 defeat may have cost Tim Eyman more than pride

Eyman’s I-517 may have lost him key support in future

I-522: Why voters didn’t bite

Initiative 522 is failing to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it.

Banks can’t do business with marijuana stores

Community banks and credit unions are ready and willing to provide financial services to entrepreneurs in the state's new legal pot industry.

I-522 opponents spend big bucks

Foes of Initiative 522 have spent $14.3 million so far attacking the food labeling initiative and it is paying off.

Companies donate millions to defeat food labeling initiative I-522

Opponents of a food labeling initiative are gearing up to air their first television commercials in an ad campaign expected to cost millions of dollars and run up to Election Day in November.

Washington State University will build in Everett

WSU has $10 million to build 95,000 s.f. facility in Everett; move expected to consolidate and strengthen University Center site .

Battle to control public records requests heats up in Washington

Those looking for a more transparent government are increasingly relying on public records to make it happen.

Charter school criteria to be decided Thursday, Aug. 22

Those wanting to open a charter school in Washington will get a clear idea Thursday of what it will take to be among the first operators of publicly funded, privately run campuses in the state.

GOP ready to set their tone for the next election cycle

Gov. Jay Inslee is enjoying a two-week vacation hiking in Alaska, probably thinking little about a second term.

Glimmer of hope for a transportation funding proposal

Democrats in the state House of Representatives triggered quite a political storm this year with their plan to raise billions of dollars for transportation by, among other means, hiking the gas tax by a dime a gallon.

State lawmakers start work on school funding report

Washington lawmakers feel they did a better job at funding public schools this year.

What do teachers do? State commissions new study to find out

Those wondering what public school teachers do all day are going to get an answer.

Court may decide $1 billion more for schools is not enough

Washington’s public schools are in line for a much-needed infusion of money from the state, but it may not be enough to get the Supreme Court to ease off lawmakers to do more.

Schools funding bill may exclude raises for teachers

With lawmakers set to pour as much as $1 billion more into public schools, Senate Republicans want to make sure most of it doesn’t wind up in the pockets of teachers in the form of pay raises.

Positive revenue forecast may help avert state shutdown

A revenue forecast released today shows economic growth in Washington is slow but steady and may prove strong enough to drive state lawmakers to an elusive agreementon the state budget in time to avert a government shutdown.

A troubled bridge

Skagit bridge fix will still leave it obsolete. Millions of tax dollars are being spent to temporarily fix and then permanently repair the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River.