Stage Set For Two State Budget Battles

The Washington legislature already faces a projected $2.6 billion deficit for the 2019-21 biennial budget, as it digs in this coming January to fashion the 2017-19 state spending plan. The latter must under a...
Washington's Consumer Database On Medical Costs Faces Fiscal Challenge

Washington’s Consumer Database On Medical Costs Faces Fiscal Challenge

As Washington state prepares for the fall 2017 launch of its public-facing database on comparative costs and quality of different medical procedures, some of the 12 other states that have already done so are...
Fresh Start Eyed On Bi-State Bridge Fix

Fresh Start Eyed On Bi-State Bridge Fix

The proposal for a new bi-state bridge connecting Washington and Oregon went down in flames of acrimony two years ago. The Columbia River Crossing (CRC) became synonymous with political dysfunction, and then-U.S. Transportation Secretary...

Bottom-Up Rumblings On Washington Taxes

Turning heads statewide recently was the unanimous decision by the seven-member City of Spokane Valley to enact a new hurdle for that body to be able to raise local taxes. Now required will be...

Washington State Lawmakers To Take Aim At High Court’s Well Water Ruling

Washington state lawmakers are aiming to mitigate a State Supreme Court decision that effectively halts new construction in many rural counties in the state. The developments come after public outcry from counties, farmers, other residents and realtors about the Whatcom County v....

Making K-12 Investments Count, In Washington

Washington has pumped $5 billion more into K-12 basic education since the State Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary ruling mandated that lawmakers step up. The state's biennial K-12 operating funding has grown from $13.4 billion to $18.2 billion, according to a brief to the high court from...
Washington K-12 Students Have A Long Way To Go On Science Proficiency

Washington K-12 Students Have A Long Way To Go On Science Proficiency

Nearly 60 percent of Washington state public school fourth-graders don't reach the "proficient" level in science, nor do slightly more than 60 percent of the state's eighth-graders, according to recently released 2015 results from...
2017 Launch Eyed For Washington Consumer Database On Medical Procedures

2017 Launch Eyed For Washington Consumer Database On Medical Procedures

Washington state is making progress on a planned All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) that officials now say could be ready by Fall 2017. State legislators and other stakeholders agree the state's APCD would help consumers make better-informed decisions about which health care providers to choose for...
Lens Report Leads To Improved State Unemployment Data

Lens Report Leads To Improved State Unemployment Data

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) is now reporting a broader measure of unemployment in the state known as U-6 unemployment, following a recent Lens article in which lawmakers suggested the agency should...
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