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By Taylor McAvoy

Lawmakers are now at odds over a Sound Transit car-tab fix

The Senate and House disagree over whether lost revenue from a lower fee should be offset right away.

By Taylor McAvoy
State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees

State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees

It should result in reduction of the cost of vehicle licenses. The bill now goes to the state House.

State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees
By Taylor McAvoy

Inslee vetoes public records bill; lawmakers get a do-over

Meantime, news organizations, including this one, have agreed to pause a lawsuit over access.

By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter
For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

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.

Firearms banned from state Senate gallery during sessions | The Petri Dish

Firearms banned from state Senate gallery during sessions | The Petri Dish

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib calls for prohibiting overcoats, large bags

Firearms banned from state Senate gallery during sessions | The Petri Dish
Tax overhaul plan does not add up, Democrats insist | The Petri Dish

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

Tax overhaul plan does not add up, Democrats insist | The Petri Dish
Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate

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

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate
Department of Education secretary coming to Bellevue | The Petri Dish

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

Department of Education secretary coming to Bellevue | The Petri Dish
Frustrations with new distracted driving law | The Petri Dish

Frustrations with new distracted driving law | The Petri Dish

The state’s new law that targets distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of… Continue reading

Frustrations with new distracted driving law | The Petri Dish
Lawmakers, governor get a raise unless 129,811 people object | The Petri Dish

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

Lawmakers, governor get a raise unless 129,811 people object | The Petri Dish
Lawmakers are pushing bills to expand civics education | The Petri Dish

Lawmakers are pushing bills to expand civics education | The Petri Dish

Maybe it’s the constitutional scrap incited by the McCleary school funding decision. Maybe it’s the constitutional commotion ignited by President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive… Continue reading

Lawmakers are pushing bills to expand civics education | The Petri Dish
Vows to end I-405 tolls: Was it all just campaign talk?

Vows to end I-405 tolls: Was it all just campaign talk?

Eliminating the express toll lanes on I-405 was a popular pledge of candidates on the campaign trail in Snohomish County. Well, it’s not going to… Continue reading

Vows to end I-405 tolls: Was it all just campaign talk?
Inslee unveils plan to fully fund education with $5B in new and higher taxes

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

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a $46.7 billion budget proposal Wednesday that fully funds public schools, provides state employees a raise, freezes college tuition… Continue reading

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

It’s a popular job: 8 aspire to be lieutenant governor | The Petri Dish

Why are so many people running to become Washington’s next lieutenant governor?

Jerry Cornfield

Another test-score battle begins

Lawmakers, teachers and the state public schools chief are gearing up for another battle over whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals.

New legislative session means more laws| Jerry Cornfield

With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws. A lot more laws.