Josh Kelety

Carbon tax proposal inches through Legislature

Governor’s pitch to tax carbon makes it to the Senate floor, but time is running out.

A winter view of the Capitol in Olympia, where lawmakers have two weeks left in the legislative session. (Taylor McAvoy/WNPA Olympia Bureau)

Governor’s pitch to tax carbon makes it to Senate floor, but time is running out

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed an amended version of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to tax carbon emissions on Feb. 22. The legislation, SB… Continue reading

A winter view of the Capitol in Olympia, where lawmakers have two weeks left in the legislative session. (Taylor McAvoy/WNPA Olympia Bureau)

Legislators try to ram through a bill to restrict public access to their records; critics slam it as an attempt to shield lawmakers from public scrutiny

State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing a bill to exempt themselves from public records requests. The move comes on the heels… Continue reading

State forecast projects over a billion in additional tax revenue: ‘Extraordinary revenue growth is good news for lawmakers looking to balance budgets

State economists project that over a billion dollars in additional tax revenue will be flowing into government accounts over the next several years, impacting upcoming… Continue reading

Washington State Capitol. Photo by Nicole Jennings

Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings

Washington State lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation to address the multiple incidences of gun violence… Continue reading

Washington State Capitol. Photo by Nicole Jennings
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A fight over the role of unions erupts in Olympia

State Democrats push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play.

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John Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax

Former U.S. Secretary of State said “Washington has an opportunity to lead.”

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Bill to tax oil in pipelines advances in state Senate

The measure would also update state oil spill contingency plans.

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Light rail funding could be in trouble if car tab taxes decrease. Photo by Richard Eriksson/Flickr

Republican lawmakers call for further action on car tabs

Senate Democrat slams their efforts as “unthoughtful sledgehammers.”

Light rail funding could be in trouble if car tab taxes decrease. Photo by Richard Eriksson/Flickr

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

Bill moves out of committee with lower tax rate than governor proposed, a “monumental step.”

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Washington health insurance market in flux

Premiums have skyrocketed, prompting a response from lawmakers.

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Lawmakers still grappling with court mandated education funding

Roughly $1 billion more is needed, and school districts want their local levies.

By Nicole Jennings

Bill that would reduce car tab rates passes the state House

Transit advocates fear it will cut funding for key projects.

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Vetoed tax cut for manufacturers again pushed in bipartisan effort

Bill would lower business and occupation tax by 40 percent over four years.

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Lawmakers want to rein in Washington’s many tax breaks

The vast majority of the state’s tax exemptions benefit businesses.

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Bill to ban the death penalty heard in committee

The hearing attracted passionate testimony from both sides of the issue.

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Bills intended to expand and empower voters move ahead in Olympia

They will allow same-day voter registration and local redistricting to empower minorities.

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State takes aim at opioid crisis

Bills would limit opioid prescriptions, invest in treatment options.

Ballot initiative threat has energy industry warming to carbon tax

Support for the governor’s proposed tax is tepid, but it’s there.