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TJ Martinell is a native Washingtonian and award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Bellevue, he’s been involved in the news industry since working at his high school newspaper. His investigative reporting for various community newspapers in the Puget Sound region has been recognized by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, he has a B.A. in journalism and was the news editor of EWU’s student university newspaper.
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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