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TJ Martinell has five-plus years of news reporting experience, and has worked as an SEO specialist. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.
'Contra Krugman' Panelist Takes On 'Economic Myths Of The 2016 Election'

Economic Myths Of The 2016 Campaign Season Get A Smackdown In Seattle

One claim you’re likely to hear during this year’s presidential election cycle is that the U.S. doesn’t spend enough on helping out the poor,...
Redefining Transit: What Works, What Doesn’t?

Redefining Transit: What Works, What Doesn’t?

Public transit like light rail and bus lines are often promoted as ways to address traffic congestion in major metro regions including greater Seattle....
Sound Transit's Trail Of Broken Promises Casts Pall Over New $50 Billion Proposal

Sound Transit’s Trail Of Broken Promises Casts Pall Over New $50 Billion Proposal

Sound Transit is promoting its third big round of system-building as a regional transportation solution. Among other things, Sound Transit 3 (ST3) will provide...
What Makes Teachers Stay, Or Leave?

What Makes Teachers Stay, Or Leave?

How to improve teacher retention could be among the recommendations to the legislature for next year from Washington state's new Joint Education Funding Task...
Washington Braces For Wildfire Season

Washington Braces For Wildfire Season

Another wildfire season is coming to Washington state and $278 million in costs the last two summers add weight to inevitable concerns. How bad...
Bellevue Baking Up New Medical Pot Rules

Bellevue Baking New Medical Pot Rules

The city of Bellevue is not exactly known for medical marijuana. But City Hall is abuzz over possible medical cannabis cooperatives and research facilities....
State-Tribes Dispute Shuts Down Puget Sound Salmon Fishing Season, For Now

State-Tribes Dispute Shuts Down Puget Sound Salmon Fishing Season, For Now

The recreational salmon fishing season in Puget Sound could be grounded this year. For the first time in 32 years the Washington Department of...
Sound Transit 3 Blemishes Spotlighted

Sound Transit 3 Benefits Questioned

Sound Transit 3 envisions light rail as the agency's primary transportation mode in the Puget Sound region by 2050. Some policy experts and business...
State, Not EPA, Should Fine-Tune Fish Consumption Rule, Say Cities, Industry

State, Not EPA, Should Fine-Tune Fish Consumption Rule, Say Cities, Industry

Coming Soon: Lens looks into the "What’s Upstream" EPA lobbying controversy involving EPA funding of a Washington state lobbying campaign on water quality, targeting...
Shrouded in Secrecy: The Hidden World of Public Sector Labor Talks In Washington

Shrouded In Secrecy: Public Sector Labor Talks In Washington

Since 2002 in Washington state, public unions and the governor have negotiated in secrecy over state employee benefits and salaries as part of the...
Weed-Like Growth for Washington's Cannabis Industry

Weed-Like Growth for Washington’s Cannabis Industry

The recreational pot industry in Washington State is growing fast. It's expected to hit the one billion dollar-mark in sales for the 2016 fiscal...
Critics: Cancer Risk Rates Out Of Whack In Washington Fish Consumption Rule-Making

Critics: Cancer Risk Rates Out Of Whack In Washington Fish Consumption Rule-Making

The Washington Department of Ecology’s draft rule on water quality standards related to human health sets unrealistically stringent cancer risk rate protections geared to...
Right Time For Right To Work Could Be Coming To Washington State

Right Time For Right To Work Could Be Coming To Washington State

If the national trend is any indication Washington could eventually allow public and private sector employees a choice on whether to pay union dues....
Here's A Fish Story With A Twist

A Fish Story With A Twist

The Department of Ecology is working on a new proposed rule for water quality standards intended to protect eaters of locally caught fish. While...

Inslee’s 2016 Goals: How’d He Actually Do?

In his January 12 State of the State Address and proposed supplemental budget Washington Governor Jay Inslee outlined his agenda for the 2016 legislative...
Budget Set - Now Real Work Starts

Budget Set – Now Real Work Starts

After a 19-day special session the state legislature approved a supplemental operating budget that despite new spending preserves the four-year balanced budget and includes...
Experts: I-405 Tolling Performance Promising

Experts: I-405 Tolling Performance Promising

Aligning with traffic performance and financial data from Washington state, national experts suggest that the new express lanes tolling on I-405 east of Seattle...
Dear Prudence: The Budget Is In Play

Dear Prudence: The Budget Is In Play

Washington Senate fiscal watchdogs vow that any state supplemental budget, now likely to be resolved not until some point after Easter, will have to...
Washington's Big Fat Tax Initiative, Episode Five

Washington’s Big Fat Tax Initiative, Episode Five

Washington State Initiative 1366 to cut sales taxes or make tax hikes harder is now under review by the Supreme Court, and some business...
Education Funding Task Force Faces Tough Test

Education Funding Task Force Faces Tough Test

Figuring out how to adequately fund Washington state K-12 public education in time for a court-imposed 2018 deadline will be no easy job for...
State's All-Payer Claims Database Still Far Short Of Lift-Off

State’s All-Payer Claims Database Still Far Short Of Lift-Off

An All-Payer Claims Database for Washington sounded like such a good idea. After approving a constrained version of one in 2014, lawmakers approved plans...
(A) There's Movement On Budget Stalemate, As Special Session Opens Monday

There’s Movement On Budget Stalemate, As Special Session Opens Monday

Introduced Friday on the first day of an overtime session, Washington State Senate Republicans’ new supplemental budget proposal includes $145 million more in spending...
Almost Half A Billion Off: Health Care Authority Budgeting Goofs Rankle

Almost Half A Billion Off: Health Care Authority Budgeting Goofs Rankle

State lawmakers will have to fit a total of $463 million in miscalculations by the state Health Care Authority (HCA) into this year’s supplemental...
Foresters Like Proposed Wildfire Reforms

Foresters Like Proposed Wildfire Reforms

So far, a Senate wildfire reform bill has found positive response among private forest landowners. Maybe because it’s not so much different from what they...
Sometimes To Prevent Fires, You Have To Set Fires: Lawmakers Mull DNR Reforms

Sometimes To Prevent Fires, You Have To Set Fires: Lawmakers Mull DNR Reforms

After two years of record-setting wildfires and pending lawsuits against the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for alleged negligence, state lawmakers are looking to...
Hey! Go Easy On That Rainy Day Fund, Say Washington State Budget Hawks

Hey! Go Easy On That Rainy Day Fund, Say Washington State Budget Hawks

Washington state business advocates are warning against proposals by lawmakers to raid the state’s “rainy day fund” or raise any new taxes to plug...
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