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Seattle Times Opinion: What the right has wrong about caring for trans youth

Seattle Times Opinion: What the right has wrong about caring for trans youth

Across the country, lawmakers are debating legislation that will directly impact transgender youth. What is missing in these discussions is a sobering reality: Studies show that 1 in every 3 trans youth report attempting suicide. The risk of trans youth committing suicide or abusing substances goes up even more when they are rejected by their families.

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The Columbian In Our View: Driver’s ed bills would put state on safer route

The Columbian In Our View: Driver’s ed bills would put state on safer route

As Washington’s experience with driver’s education demonstrates, the private sector is not always more efficient than government at delivering public services. Now, state lawmakers are considering changes that will help make driver’s ed more accessible for young drivers. With Washington roads becoming more dangerous and with the rate of traffic fatalities increasing, data support the need for changes.

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Everett Herald: No right turns on red gets a look, a bid to expand sports betting arrives

Everett Herald: No right turns on red gets a look, a bid to expand sports betting arrives

OLYMPIA, Jan. 30, 2023 — Welcome to a new week. Traffic safety is on the minds of lawmakers in both parties and Gov. Jay Inslee. They want to reduce the number of people killed on the streets and highways. There were 745 traffic-related deaths last year, the highest since 1990, state figures show. Bipartisan ideas are getting pushed to change drivers’ behavior before they get in their car and when they are at the wheel.

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The Seattle Times: Washington traffic safety is ‘a crisis that we can’t ignore,’ lawmakers say

The Seattle Times: Washington traffic safety is ‘a crisis that we can’t ignore,’ lawmakers say

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, alongside Gov. Jay Inslee, pledged Thursday to throw their weight behind solving Washington’s traffic safety crisis, a show of bipartisan solidarity that the legislators said reflected the urgency of the need. The event at the state Capitol was billed as a Democratic unveiling of safety-themed legislation, but Republican transportation leaders joined as well, standing beside law enforcement, construction workers and family members of people killed on the roads.

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Everett Herald: Lawmakers prepare for first in-person session since 2020

Everett Herald: Lawmakers prepare for first in-person session since 2020

OLYMPIA — Washington’s 147 citizen legislators return to the state Capitol on Monday for the 2023 session. Their return is kind of a big deal. Most everything got transacted virtually the past two years. Only in the final days of last session did the House and Senate allow a limited number of masked lawmakers to participate from their regular seats on the floor.

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Crosscut: Transit users 18 and younger ride free under new WA program

Crosscut: Transit users 18 and younger ride free under new WA program

Washingtonians 18 and under soon won’t have to pay to use public transit across most — if not all — of Washington state. In March, the Legislature approved $3 billion in additional money for transit that  will roll out over the next 16 years. But about half of the money comes with a specific condition attached: Transit agencies must let people 18 and under board buses and trains  free.

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Lynnwood Times: New multimodal $79.4 million Swift Orange Bus Rapid Transit line breaks ground in Lynnwood

Lynnwood Times: New multimodal $79.4 million Swift Orange Bus Rapid Transit line breaks ground in Lynnwood

Sticking with its mission to “help people get from where they are to where they want to be,” Community Transit, joined by federal and community partners, held its groundbreaking ceremony for the new Swift Orange Line at the Lynnwood Transit and Community Center today. “We want to provide a place for people to work, to learn, to play…,” Mayor Christine Frizzell told the Lynnwood Times when asked on the importance of today’s milestone. “It has taken hundreds of people, decades to get ...

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The Stand: It just got much easier to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Stand: It just got much easier to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced a series of improvements to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which is designed to give student debt relief to borrowers who work full time in public service. The program, which originated in 2018, was roundly criticized for rejecting nearly 99 percent of applicants under the Trump administration. But with the new changes, which were spurred by a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of ...

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