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Matt Rosenberg formerly served as Editor-in-Chief of Lens. He has more than 30 years experience in journalism, public policy, and strategic communications.

Ericksen: Senate Duties Remain Key, But Would Consider Regional EPA Slot

In an interview with Lens Sunday evening, January 29, State Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-42) sought to tamp down any concerns that his high-profile temporary...
Washington State Senate Majority In Flux As Trump Administration Plucks Talent

Washington State Senate Majority In Flux As Trump Administration Plucks Talent

The Trump-induced brain drain is making things tricky for the Republican-led majority controlling the Washington State Senate, in a year when fiscal conservative principles...

Inslee Seeks Tax Hike For Environment Fund

Governor Jay Inslee in his 2017-19 capital budget is proposing to raise Washington's Hazardous Substances Tax (HST), to bring revenue for the Model Toxics...
Washington State Lawmakers Mull A New Layer Of Oversight For Asphalt Facilities

Washington State Lawmakers Mull A New Layer Of Oversight For Asphalt Facilities

You can't get anywhere without asphalt. It's a crucial component of many of the roads our cars and buses use every day. To deliver...
Third Wave Of Washington Charter Schools Eyed

Third Wave Of Washington Charter Schools Eyed

Opening and running a charter school isn’t for the faint of heart, but in Washington their ranks will grow this year with three more starting...
A roadmap For The Time Of Trump

A Roadmap For The Time Of Trump

Divisions are sharp in Washington State, and the United States, between economically challenged rural communities and thriving metro regions. This crystalised with the election of Donald Trump. Hillary...
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...
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...

A Big Punt On Growth Management Reforms – Or A Roadmap To The Future?

A Washington State House panel is now considering proposed reforms to the controversial, 25-year-old Growth Management Act (GMA). It may either be aiming to...

Seattle Mom Urges NAACP To Reconsider

A Washington state charter school mother from West Seattle is one of six signatories on a special letter from a national advocacy group to...

Small Cities Press County, PSRC On Growth

A shot across the bow was fired last week last week as two regional growth planning bodies met in Seattle. They were trying to...
Utilities, Industry Sue On State Carbon Cap

Utilities, Industry Sue On State Carbon Cap

The next moves have been made in the chess game encompassing Washington State’s new and controversial carbon cap rule, one that has been advanced...
Different Prescriptions To Ease Clark County Growing Pains

Different Prescriptions To Ease Clark County Growing Pains

As the legislature begins to wade into the contentious task of developing changes to the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA), one of Washington’s fastest-growing...
Washington State Lawmakers Get An Earful On Growth Management Act Reform

Washington State Lawmakers Get An Earful On Growth Management Act Reform

Representatives of Washington cities, counties, schools and citizens groups packed a committee meeting room in Olympia this week to urge that lawmakers amend the...
Carbon Rule Approval May Spark Tussle

Carbon Rule Approval May Spark Tussle

The Washington State Department of Ecology has approved a controversial carbon cap rule that was advanced through administrative fiat and without legislative input by...
Regional Housing Crisis Headed To Lawmakers

Regional Housing Crisis Headed To Lawmakers

Already considered by the President of Seattle King County Realtors to be a crisis that is “ugly and getting uglier,” housing affordability in Greater...
Finding A Fix For The Differences Between Washington School Districts

Finding A Fix For The Differences Between Washington School Districts

As in other states, employers in Washington underscore their vital stake in K-12 and higher education. Workers who can think, speak, write, and compute...
Litzow-Wellman Matchup Key To Senate Control, Education, And Taxes

Litzow-Wellman Matchup Key To State Senate Control, Education, And Taxes

The highly competitive Washington State Senate contest for the 41st District seat between incumbent Republican Steve Litzow and Democratic challenger Lisa Wellman is a...
School Choice For All, One Step At A Time

School Choice For All, One Step At A Time

For years, Seattle-area parents with enough money have been able to send their children to private and parochial schools, paying anywhere from $5,000 to...
Podlodowski, Wyman Tangle On Voter Turnout

Podlodowski, Wyman Tangle On Turnout

The campaign of Washington Secretary of State candidate Tina Podlodowski, a Democrat, has been circulating a graphic on social media attacking incumbent Republican Kim...
Fixing The Growth Management Act

Fixing The Growth Management Act

As Lens reported last week, lawmakers will begin public work sessions next month to look at how the Growth Management Act (GMA) could be...
Growth Management Act May Get A Refresh

Growth Management Act May Get A Refresh

Washington state legislators on the House Local Government Committee next month will begin a series of public work sessions to look at how to...
Hanford, Landfill Operators Seek Carbon Cap Rule Exemptions

Hanford, Landfill Operators Seek Carbon Cap Rule Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) is telling the administration of Washington Governor Jay Inslee that a planned carbon cap rule he is advancing by...
Washington Election Scorecard - Legislative Races

Washington Election Scorecard – Legislative Races

(Last updated 8/4/16, 6:40 p.m.) Below are our rolling updates, mainly with charts, of key outcomes in primary election races for the Washington State House...
Washington Election Scorecard - Statewide Contests

Washington Election Scorecard – Statewide Contests

(Last updated 8/4/16, 6:40 p.m.) We've been providing updates here on statewide Washington primary races since August 2, as results continue to come in. 6:35 p.m.,...
Legal Attack On Carbon Cap May Be Brewing

Legal Attack On Carbon Cap Brewing?

There are hints in a recent letter to the Washington Department of Ecology from a state senator and in formal comments submitted to Ecology...
Re-isuued Carbon Cap Rule Under Fire

Reissued Carbon Cap Rule Under Fire

A revised Washington state carbon cap rule will smack consumers hard, offers few real compliance pathways and could export jobs and carbon out-of-state, say...
Move To Limit Growth In "Small Cities" Sparks Uprising Against Puget Sound Regional Council

Move To Limit Growth In “Small Cities” Sparks Uprising Against PSRC

Taking a visitor on a car tour of his suburban city center, replete with a growing supply of affordable apartments and the beginnings of...
The Road To Prosperity Isn't Free

The Road To Prosperity Isn’t Free

One of the concerns most embedded in the consciousness of Washington state's environmental elites is the perceived planetary threat of carbon emissions. Without legislative...
Roads: The New Utility

Roads: The New Utility

Washington's gas tax was finally raised again last year by lawmakers as part of a 16-year, $16 billion transportation funding package for roads, transit...
Swim In The Global Trade Wave, Or Drown

Swim In Global Trade Wave, Or Drown

Egged on by anti-trade Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, primary election voters across the U.S. have been in an ugly...
Housing Crisis 'Ugly And Getting Uglier'

Housing Crisis “Ugly And Getting Uglier”

In terms of housing availability and affordability, there are two predominant types of major metro regions these days, writes BuildZoom Chief Economist Issi Romem....
Memorial Day, And The Liberty Dividend

Memorial Day, And The Liberty Dividend

As we honor and celebrate U.S. veterans on Memorial Day, especially those who lives were taken, let's also reflect on why they serve. Among...
Asia Trade Deal Would Be 'Boon' To U.S., Washington State - But Congress Is Queasy

Asia Trade Deal A ‘Boon’ To U.S., Washington – But Congress Queasy

It may be November before votes in both the U.S. Senate and House are completed on the controversial trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership...
Renewables No Panacea For Washington; Next-Gen Nuclear Eyed

Renewables No Panacea For Washington; Next-Gen Nuclear Eyed

Renewable energy usage by Washington state electric utilities is ratcheting up slightly, as required by law. That will be reflected in some of the...

Timeless Wisdom From Frank Zappa On Rights And Responsibilities Of Employers

If you think of Frank Zappa at all, it may be as an anachronistic rock musician who sometimes used bad words in his song...
The Minimum Wage, And Machines

The New Baseline: Special Skills

Political and policy activism on labor conditions for low-wage hourly workers is on the rise. Yet the growing emphasis on upstream tweaks may overshadow...
Washington's Maritime Industries Strong; But Canada Could Eat Our Lunch

Washington’s Maritime Industries Strong; But Canada Could Eat Our Lunch

Washington state's maritime industries are more of an economic powerhouse than you probably imagined. According to a report from the Economic Development Council of...
There's Affordable Housing For The Few, But Not For The Many, In Greater Seattle

There’s Affordable Housing For The Few, But Not For The Many, In Greater...

At first blush it might seem unlikely that Seattle affordable housing activists and real estate professionals would have much of anything in common. But...
For EPA, Blowback On "What's Upstream?" Carries A Familiar Refrain

For EPA, Blowback On “What’s Upstream?” Carries A Familiar Refrain

The blowback toward the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Region 10 northwest office is growing, because EPA grant money was used in...
Seattle's Worker Scheduling Mandate: It's Complicated

Seattle’s Looming Labor Scheduling Law: It’s Going To Be Kind Of Complicated

Labor advocates call it "fair scheduling" or "guaranteed scheduling." Opponents describe it as "restrictive scheduling." Depending on your perspective, it may be a worthy...

Carbon Emissions And The Washington State Clean Air Rule: A Few Things To Know

Official pronouncements around Washington state's emerging Clean Air Rule usually prompt a spate of similar headlines and news stories. But less examined in those...
Regulatory Fairness Audit, Others, To Proceed As State Budget Is Settled

Regulatory Fairness Audit, Others, To Proceed As State Budget Is Settled

A series of state performance audits that had been on or near the budget chopping block will be saved. This includes one which will...
State Council Forced To Rescind Building Code Revisions

State Council Will Rescind Building Code Revisions; Hid The Ball

The Washington's State Building Code Council (SBCC) has agreed to rescind code amendments that a major trade group feared might weaken residential fire safety. The...
Lens Readers Argue For Charter Schools

Lens Readers Argue For Charter Schools

As we reported here at Lens Friday night, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has let stand a bill approved by the legislature in the recently-concluded...
Steel, Paper, Natural Gas Want Changes For Washington's Clean Air Rule, Take Two

Steel, Paper, Natural Gas Want Changes For New Clean Air Rule

The steel, paper and natural gas industries are among those looking for changes in the Washington state Clean Air Rule that's now under revision...
Washington Aims To Phase-Out Montana Coal-By-Wire, But Coal Will Persist

Washington Aims To Phase-Out Montana Coal-By-Wire, But Coal Will Persist

Awaiting the signature of Washington Governor Jay Inslee is a bill to create a special fund for the eventual shut-down and clean-up of the...
It's Only A Matter Of Time Before Washington State's Growth Management Act Gets A Well-Deserved Overhaul

It’s Only A Matter Of Time Before Washington State’s Growth Management Act Gets A...

In this off-year supplemental budget session few major policy reforms or new budget paradigms were expected to gain traction in the Washington state legislature....
Business Digging In To Homelessness

Business Digging In To Homelessness

It's been 11 years since issuance of a plan to end homelessness in 10 years by the City of Seattle, King County and non-profits....
Second Real Estate Excise Tax Would Hurt Housing Affordability

Second Real Estate Excise Tax Would Hurt Housing Affordability

A cascade of reports and analyses have already established that Washington State's Growth Management Act and its implementation locally drives up housing costs in Seattle...
State Auditor Takes Budget Beef To YouTube

State Auditor Takes Budget Beef To YouTube

The normally staid and sober Washington State Auditor's Office (SAO) is taking its case to YouTube and getting a bit prickly there, as the...
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