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A new idea to flip Washington's regressive tax system goes straight to the top: it seeks to tax the state's billionaires. Sponsored by Rep. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, House Bill 1406 would apply a 1% … more
OLYMPIA — A state COVID-19 relief bill that would allocate $2.2 billion in federal funds passed the House of Representatives on Monday, meaning some financial assistance is one step closer for … more
The dream of a tax exemption for working families remains alive in Olympia. In 2008, Washington state lawmakers passed a tax exemption for low-income working people, which works similarly to the … more
Thurston County Superior Court judge set bail for four people Monday in connection with the occupation of a downtown Olympia hotel Sunday. Judge James Dixon set bail in amounts ranging from $1,500 … more
The issue of police accountability has been playing out in the Washington state Legislature over the last two weeks with bills being discussed in the House of Representatives and Senate. Discussions … more
Twenty-two Clark County Sheriff's deputies secured a Vancouver hospital Friday evening after a group, including some who were armed, gathered to demand the release of a patient, who was discharged … more
Washington high school students wrestling with remote learning programs cobbled together as COVID-19 gripped the state in 2020 and now struggling to meet graduation requirements may well get some … more
A proposed ban on open-carry weapons during public demonstrations sparked a heated debate on whether the bill unreasonably restricts the Second Amendment to secure the protections of the … more
Sequim, a small town known for its summer lavender festival and its above-average ration of sunshine for the Pacific Northwest, is now drawing darker national attention as home to a mayor who has … more
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a limited hound pursuit training program, Friday. The program will allow agency-approved hound handlers to nonlethally pursue … more
Suzi LeVine, the departing head of Washington's Employment Security Department (ESD), reportedly will lead the federal sub-agency office that helps states manage unemployment benefits. LeVine, … more
The Washington state auditor's office says one of its software vendors was breached, likely leading to files being accessed by "an unauthorized user." State Auditor Pat McCarthy disclosed what she … more
OLYMPIA — A 2019 complaint against then-Rep. Matt Shea — which questioned the former lawmaker's writings on the "Biblical Basis for War" and speeches to conservative groups — was dismissed … more
WASHINGTON — Rep. Dan Newhouse said Monday he will not step down after most of the county GOP leaders in the Central Washington district he represents called for his resignation for being one of 10 … more
The question of fairness was at the center of a hearing Thursday on a Washington Senate bill that would limit the ability of courts to award retroactive pay to workers. Senate Bill 5172, sponsored … more
Suzi LeVine, the departing head of Washington's Employment Security Department (ESD), will serve as interim leader of the federal agency that helps states manage unemployment benefits, according to a … more
OLYMPIA — Openly carrying firearms or other weapons at public demonstrations and the Capitol Campus could become prohibited if a state Senate bill passes this session. In its first public … more
The cannabis industry has boomed across the state in recent years, so Western Washington University will offer classes to prepare for a career in the business. Western announced in a news release … more
OLYMPIA — The Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would waive some graduation requirements for individual students during a state of emergency — an effort to … more
A Washington bill aimed at regulating human-powered watercraft in the same way as motorboats is being criticized by some paddlers. "Personally, I'm opposed," Spokane River Forum executive director … more
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