How would Gov. Inslee find money for schools, teachers?

How would Gov. Inslee find money for schools, teachers?

To raise $200 million more for schools and teacher cost-of-living raises, Gov. Jay Inslee today named seven tax exemptions he would end.  Republican lawmakers say ending each of those exemptions would have consequences on the state economy.

January 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm Comments are Disabled

Do we really need a new budget?

Do we really need a new budget?

Republican lawmakers in Olympia are asking, does the state really need a supplemental budget this year?  Could legislators really go home this year without passing a budget and how would that work?

January 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm Comments are Disabled

Inslee floats increases in minimum wage, teacher pay

Inslee floats increases in minimum wage, teacher pay

Former Governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke treated their annual State of the State speeches more as formalities, adding little or no new policy statements beyond what they had already unveiled in their budgets.  But Gov. Jay Inslee saved a few surprises for his address to the legislature this year, proposing a higher minimum wage statewide and changing his position on education funding.  [...]

January 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm Comments are Disabled

Webcast: Issues worth watching in Olympia

Webcast: Issues worth watching in Olympia

As legislators return to the State Capitol, will they get anything done on education, transportation or taxes?  A first look at the issues and what has kept lawmakers from reaching any agreement so far.    

January 13, 2014 at 1:12 am Comments are Disabled

Who pays if Bertha goes over budget? Lawmakers can’t agree.

Who pays if Bertha goes over budget?  Lawmakers can’t agree.

With Bertha the tunnel boring machine stuck under Seattle, state lawmakers are already debating who should pay if there should be any cost overruns on the viaduct replacement project.  From the moment lawmakers originally authorized the project, there has been disagreement over who’s on the hook if the project goes over budget.  At the annual Associated Press legislative forum, legislators and [...]

January 10, 2014 at 12:45 am Comments are Disabled

A transportation package? Not so fast

A transportation package?  Not so fast

Despite months of negotiations, a number of state lawmakers are now saying they doubt the legislature will be able to pass a transportation package during the upcoming session.  But Gov. Jay Inslee insists, the timing will only get worse if lawmakers delay.

January 10, 2014 at 12:45 am Comments are Disabled

Seattle council member Conlin concedes race to Sawant

Seattle council member Conlin concedes race to Sawant

Ten days after the election, Seattle council member Richard Conlin conceded his election to Kshama Sawant.  Conlin called a press conference late Friday afternoon outside the 2nd floor council offices at Seattle City Hall, after the latest election returns showed him at 49.36% to Sawant’s 50.30%. Conlin spent four terms on the council, and served two terms as Council president.  Sawant, a [...]

November 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm Comments are Disabled

Mayor-elect Murray: What does he do now?

Mayor-elect Murray:  What does he do now?

Seattle’s mayor-elect Ed Murray now has to make the big shift from campaigning to governing.  Who will he pick for his team and how will he navigate City Hall?  Insight from Crosscut’s David Brewster, Matt Fikse-Verkerk and Ron Dotzauer, CEO of Strategies 360.  

November 11, 2013 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Election wrap: Top results and analysis

Election wrap:  Top results and analysis

From local races to statewide initiatives, first results from Election 2013 with analysis from Crosscut’s Knute Berger and David Brewster.

November 6, 2013 at 2:29 am Comments are Disabled

Election night speeches from Murray and McGinn

Election night speeches from Murray and McGinn

Reaction and speeches:  Challenger Ed Murray enjoyed a comfortable led over incumbent Mike McGinn in the race for Seattle Mayor.

November 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm Comments are Disabled