Category Archives: In the News

03 Mar
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Seattle Times: Lawmakers frustrated by secrecy surrounding massive data hack at Washington state auditor’s office

State lawmakers probing the massive data breach at state Auditor Pat McCarthy’s office say they’re frustrated with ongoing secrecy surrounding the incident, which exposed personal information of at least 1.3 million Washingtonians. Three state senators who have pressed for details about the ...

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21 Feb
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Salon: As drug prices keep rising, state lawmakers propose tough new bills to curb them

Fed up with a lack of federal action to lower prescription drug costs, state legislators around the country are pushing bills to penalize drugmakers for unjustified price hikes and to cap payment at much-lower Canadian levels. “If we waited for ...

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WA AGO
02 Feb
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WA AGO: LuLaRoe to pay $4.75 million to resolve AG Ferguson’s lawsuit over pyramid scheme

$4 million going to help Washingtonians deceived by LuLaRoe SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that LuLaRoe will pay $4.75 million to resolve Ferguson’s consumer protection lawsuit asserting that LuLaRoe, a California-based multi-level marketing business that sells leggings ...

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A lawsuit has been filed against a California company over the unemployment-data breach involving the Washington State Auditor’s Office, which is in the Insurance building seen here in Olympia. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
01 Feb
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Seattle Times: Banking, Social Security info of more than 1.4 million people exposed in hack involving Washington state auditor

The personal unemployment claims data of at least 1.4 million Washingtonians may have been stolen in a hack of software used by the state auditor’s office, raising fears of identity theft and fraud amid an already bleak pandemic downturn. State ...

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30 Jan
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The Olympian: Bill with relief for Washington businesses, unemployed workers heads to governor’s desk

A bill that would increase the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers and curb an increase in employers’ unemployment taxes has passed the both houses of the Washington state legislature with broad support. The state Senate passed the bill, which ...

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29 Jan
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Seattle Times: Washington state lawmakers approve a big unemployment tax cut and a boost in jobless benefits

Washington state lawmakers approved legislation that would save employers nearly $1 billion in unemployment taxes this year, raise the minimum weekly jobless benefit, and provide benefits to some workers who quit for health reasons. But some worker advocates said Senate ...

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28 Jan
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Kent Reporter: State Senate passes $1.7 billion in unemployment insurance tax relief

All businesses in Washington would see significant relief from unemployment taxes, including reductions in bills due in April, if Senate Bill 5061 is passed by the Legislature by mid-February. The bill, which passed on the Senate floor Jan. 27 with ...

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South King Fire and Rescue’s new Maritime Emergency Response Vessel will be similar to this model drawing. Courtesy South King Fire
23 Jan
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Federal Way Mirror: State provides $750K for new ‘floating fire engine’ for South King Fire

After 36 years of service, a new Maritime Emergency Response Vessel is in the works with the help of a $750,000 allocation from Washington state. Last week, South King Fire and Rescue announced the department received the final contract appropriating ...

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20 Jan
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Seattle PI: A guide to Washington’s 2021 legislative session

SB 5061 would provide nearly $1.9 billion in tax relief for employers to 2021 to 2025, according the Employment Security Department. “I’ve heard from many business owners who have received their tax bills for the next quarter, which is due April ...

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18 Jan
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Center Square: Washington state lawmakers look to the market to cover long-term care costs

The cost of caring for aging Washingtonians is set to soar in another decade and Washington lawmakers are looking to the stock market to raise more cash. In 2019, Washington lawmakers passed the Long-Term Care Trust Act, creating the first state-run ...

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