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

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 commutes for Snohomish County residents. “I’ve been pushing a transportation package for multiple years, and now we have an opportunity to ...

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Seattle Times: Washington’s culvert challenge deserves federal funding

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 critical state infrastructure needs. Restoration of threatened salmon and steelhead runs is an unavoidable priority.

Washington’s congressional delegation should press to address ...

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

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 the state’s economic recovery.

The case is strong just for infrastructure investment. Though the state hiked gas taxes to pay for ...

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

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 5061 is headed to Gov. Inslee’s desk. This bill, which we’ve covered in depth, will prevent $1.7 billion in automatic unemployment ...

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

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 committee chair Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens has put his ideas out there for discussion before finalizing a plan. It would ...

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

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 learning days to focus on these topics. “This past year underscored how important it is that we all continue to educate ...

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

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 proceed after reaching an understanding with legislators on the importance of adequately funding the removal of hundreds of fish passage barriers ...

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

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 material to training programs related to cultural competency in schools. The bills were authored by the majority Democrats, though Republicans did manage ...

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

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 November to reduce the cost of annual vehicle licensing fees. The measure has been on hold for nearly a year, ...

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

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 be breathing a sigh of relief. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Initiative 976, ruling the measure was unconstitutional ...

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