Category Archives: In The News

09 Jun
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Everett Herald: Federal aid sought to give aging U.S. 2 trestle a facelift

LAKE STEVENS — A cadre of elected officials gathered alongside an aging U.S. 2 trestle Wednesday to make their case for how a healthy injection of federal funds into the nation’s transportation infrastructure could lead to less congested and safer ...

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30 Mar
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Seattle Times: Washington’s culvert challenge deserves federal funding

By The Seattle Times editorial board A federal court order to open up hundreds of fish passages beneath roads by 2030 has been Washington’s burden for years. This $3.7 billion undertaking deserves federal funding so it does not starve other ...

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12 Mar
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The Seattle Times: Strike deal for infrastructure, environment and jobs

By The Seattle Times editorial board Difficult times such as these can present extraordinary opportunities. With vision and creativity, Washington lawmakers can tackle the state’s daunting transportation infrastructure and make headway on reducing carbon emissions. And they could help drive ...

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02 Feb
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Washington State Wire: Floor action, Rep. Noel Frame, Sen. Shelly Short

The House adopted a resolution celebrating Black History Month yesterday and Rep. David Hackney delivered prayer, which we encourage you to check out. Equity is on the agenda this session, as you’ll read below. After passage in both chambers, ESSB ...

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29 Jan
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My Northwest: Washington lawmakers begin to negotiate on increased gas tax, carbon fees

How much will gas prices go up this year? Competing transportation plans in Olympia all include an increase, but the wildcard is what type of carbon emissions standard lawmakers choose. While the state Senate hasn’t officially unveiled its plan, transportation ...

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28 Jan
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Auburn Examiner: State Senate Passes Bill to Add Anti-racism Curricula to K-12 Educator Training

The Senate passed a bill that would add equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism curricula to existing cultural competency training for school board directors, district staff and school staff. SB 5044 also directs school districts to prioritize one of three professional ...

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28 Jan
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Everett Herald: With deal, Inslee lifts pause on local highway projects

Three Snohomish County highway projects, worth millions of dollars and put on hold by the governor earlier this month, are back on track. Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday cleared the way for those and other projects around the state to ...

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28 Jan
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Washington State Wire: Senate passes bills on unemployment tax relief and equity training in schools

The state Senate passed bills on Wednesday related to unemployment insurance (UI) and equity training in schools. The UI bill provides tax relief for employers and an expansion of the minimum weekly benefit for employees. The equity bill adds new ...

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15 Oct
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Crosscut: WA Supreme Court rules $30 car tab initiative is unconstitutional

For the third time in state history, a measure promising to cut car-tab taxes to $30 a year has been blocked by Washington state courts. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court struck down Initiative 976, a measure Washington voters approved last ...

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15 Oct
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Seattle Times: Washington Supreme Court strikes down I-976, which cut car-tab taxes

By Heidi Groover, Joseph O’Sullivan and Mike Lindblom Voters in Washington who nearly a year ago OK’d a measure to cut car-tab fees won’t see that tax cut after all. Government budget writers and people who rely on transit, meanwhile, may ...

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