Josh Kelety

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

Bills would to limit opioid prescriptions, invest in treatment options | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - In an effort to tackle the opioid addiction epidemic, state legislators, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Democratic Governor Jay Inslee are rolling out… Continue reading

Ballot initiative threat has energy industry warming to governor’s proposed carbon tax | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - With environmental activists threatening a carbon tax ballot initiative, some manufacturing and energy companies are opting to work with lawmakers on Democratic Gov.… Continue reading

Bill to ban the death penalty heard in committee | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - For the second year in a row, state lawmakers are pursuing legislation to ban the use of the death penalty in Washington. As… Continue reading

State bills allowing same-day voter registration, local redistricting to empower minorities move ahead | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The state Senate passed several bills aimed at expanding access to voting and promoting minority representation in local governments through redistricting. On the… Continue reading

Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal and Republicans balk | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee rolled out his most recent proposal to tax carbon emissions across the state of Washington. The proposal he unveiled on… Continue reading

Despite new majority, state Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — While Democrats in the state Legislature have supported enacting a capital gains tax to fund public education in the past, they aren’t itching… Continue reading