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Spokesman-Review: Legislature passes capital budget with funding for new housing and behavioral health resources in Spokane

Spokesman-Review: Legislature passes capital budget with funding for new housing and behavioral health resources in Spokane

OLYMPIA – The Legislature has unanimously passed a $1.5 billion supplemental capital budget that includes funding for affordable housing and behavioral health resources in Spokane. The supplemental plan – an adjustment to the $6.3 billion two-year budget passed last year – would invest in infrastructure and construction projects across the state. That includes $100 million for school seismic safety grants and ...

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The Stranger: A "Dream Come True" for Washington's Film Industry

The Stranger: A "Dream Come True" for Washington's Film Industry

Today, the Washington State Senate and House passed a bill that will majorly update and expand the state's Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP), an initiative to attract more film productions to our sexy state. The bill increases the program's funding cap from $3.5 million—among the worst incentives offered by a state in the country—to $15 million per year. It also ...

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Crosscut: Bill aims to boost incentives for filming in Washington

Crosscut: Bill aims to boost incentives for filming in Washington

Movies set in Washington — from vampire flicks on the Olympic Peninsula to a film about workers’ rights protests in Seattle — are often filmed elsewhere. A new bill hopes to increase financial incentives to change that. Washington state has the third smallest film incentive program in the country, according to an industry group. This legislative session, however, state lawmakers are ...

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NW News Network: Earthquake safety for Washington schools heading to the ballot

NW News Network: Earthquake safety for Washington schools heading to the ballot

Washington state has lagged behind every other West Coast state and British Columbia in addressing earthquake and tsunami risk to schoolchildren. But that may be changing in a big way. This month, a bipartisan group of state senators proposed putting a referendum on next November's Washington ballot. Their idea is to sell $500 million in state bonds to retrofit or ...

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CNN: State lawmakers move to confront threats against election workers

CNN: State lawmakers move to confront threats against election workers

Lawmakers in at least three states are considering measures to counter the onslaught of threats that state and local election officials have endured in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

In Maine, a bill slated for debate in a legislative committee later this week would increase the penalty for threatening an election official with violence. In ...

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Seattle Times: Inslee, Washington Democrats push election bills, as they weigh threats to democracy

Seattle Times: Inslee, Washington Democrats push election bills, as they weigh threats to democracy

OLYMPIA — Hypothetical scenario: A candidate for county executive loses an election, then claims there’s been fraud in the county’s election office and announces that something needs to be done about it. “And supporters hear that and they decide, ‘Well, I’m going to go and firebomb the place,'” said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. “And they go and firebomb the place.” “That’s not ...

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Seattle Times: Make relief for health coverage premiums permanent

Seattle Times: Make relief for health coverage premiums permanent

By David Frockt and Eileen Cody Special to The Times Last spring, something incredible happened: After a decade of gridlock, Congress finally passed a bill that recognizes the enormous strain of health care costs on family and state budgets. Born out of the COVID-19 crisis, the American Rescue Plan Act included direct relief through 2022 for the monthly premiums Washington residents face ...

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Puget Sound Business Journal: Opinion: An innovative new tool for Washington communities to create jobs

Puget Sound Business Journal: Opinion: An innovative new tool for Washington communities to create jobs

By Rep. Davina Duerr and Sen. David Frockt

It’s time to recover and rebuild. But how do we build a stronger community in the wake of one of the worst economic crises in our country’s history?

The key word is “build.”

Building local public infrastructure is ...

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KOMO: Washington election workers could have more protection from harassment if bill passes

KOMO: Washington election workers could have more protection from harassment if bill passes

Election workers could get added protections from harassment under a bill currently being considered in the Washington State Senate. After witnessing harassment of vote counters and poll workers in other states following the presidential election, State Senator David Frockt wanted to do something. “I was just kind of outraged what I was seeing happening with the vote counting and intimidation that was ...

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Olympian: What Washington’s economic recovery could look like

Olympian: What Washington’s economic recovery could look like

How can Washington state best rebuild its economy after COVID-19? Help people at immediate risk of crises related to housing, food, childcare, or employment. Offer small businesses relief — and help the hospitality and leisure industries, particularly. Support the aerospace and manufacturing industries. Ensure healthcare security. Expand Internet access.

Those are the primary ideas a bipartisan committee in the state ...

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