Josh Kelety

State Legislature passes last minute budget deal and property tax cut | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - On the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session, lawmakers approved a last-minute supplemental budget deal that funnels roughly $1 billion to K-12… Continue reading

 

Law enforcement, activists come to agreement on police use of force | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - In a last-minute effort lawmakers, cops and community activists reached a deal on lowering the legal standard for prosecuting officers who kill in… Continue reading

 

Union-friendly home healthcare worker bill approved by state Legislature | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - House Democrats passed a controversial bill that restructures how home healthcare workers contract with the state despite all 48 Republican members refusing to… Continue reading

 

Governor’s carbon tax proposal is dead in the state Legislature | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - An amended version of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to tax carbon emissions to fight climate change is effectively dead in the state Legislature.… Continue reading

Governor vetoes controversial public records bill | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - In a down-to-the-wire decision, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a controversial bill that would have immediately exempted the state Legislature from public disclosure law… Continue reading

Lawmakers go into damage control with backlash over public records bill | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Following last week’s rapid-fire vote on a bill to exempt the Legislature from state public records laws, lawmakers are going into damage control… Continue reading

State legislators rewrite statute to exempt their records from public disclosure | 2018 Legislative Session

All three 23rd District lawmakers — Sen. Christine Rolfes, and Rep. Drew Hansen and Rep. Sherry Appleton — voted to approve the bill.

Legislators try to ram through a bill to restrict public access to their records | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing a bill to exempt themselves from public records requests. The move comes on… Continue reading

Democratic lawmakers unveil conflicting budget proposals | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Democrats in both chambers of the state Legislature are at odds over adding more funding to public education and how to cut property… Continue reading

State forecast projects over a billion in additional tax revenue | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - State economists project that over a billion dollars in additional tax revenue will be flowing into government accounts over the next several years,… Continue reading

Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill to eliminate the death penalty in Washington state is a step closer to being signed into law. SB 6052 passed by… Continue reading

State Democratic lawmakers push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - While state Democrats push a set of labor-union backed bills, Republicans decry the effort as special-interest politics. Some Republicans object to two bills.… Continue reading

Former U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to… Continue reading

Bill to tax oil in pipelines, update state oil spill contingency plans advances in state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill that would tax oil in pipelines to fund oil spill prevention planning passed out of a state Senate committee — but… Continue reading

Washington health insurance market in flux | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile. While the number of people without insurance has decreased every year since 2013, monthly premium… Continue reading

Republican lawmakers call for further car tab tax reductions, transit authority accountability | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - On the heels of the state House approved bill to reduce car tab taxes, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R–University Place, and Rep. Mark Harmsworth,… Continue reading

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Governor Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward. On Feb. 1, the state Senate Energy,… Continue reading

State lawmakers still grappling with court mandated education funding | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Despite the passage of last year’s bipartisan agreement to fully fund K-12 public education with a property tax hike, the state Legislature is… Continue reading

Vetoed manufacturing tax cut again pushed in bipartisan effort | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Legislators are once again pushing for an across-the-board manufacturing tax cut that was vetoed during the previous legislative session by Democratic Gov. Jay… Continue reading

Lawmakers want to rein in Washington’s many tax breaks

OLYMPIA - Six hundred ninety-four. That’s how many separate tax breaks and exemptions saved taxpayers — but cost the state — a little over $100… Continue reading