News from Olympia

As the state capitol, many of the decisions and actions taken in Olympia have a direct impact on readers of the Northern Kittitas County Tribune. The Washington State Journal provides these articles written by WNPA journalism interns stationed in Olympia during the legislative session and other sources for publication by member news media organizations including the Tribune. Most Recent Articles Below (see archives here)


 

Republican budget proposal cuts programs, uses rainy-day fund

Plan ends bonus for National Board Certified teachers Budget balanced without new taxes By Patric Haerle Washington State Journal House Republicans released their proposed state budget Feb. 16, saying it shows how a Republican-controlled Legislature could craft a...

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Revised capital gains tax advances

No Republican amendments approved Homes, small businesses exempted By Sydney Brown Washington State Journal A capital gains excise tax moved one step closer to approval Feb. 17 despite opposition from Republican lawmakers who call the law an unnecessary income tax and...

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Suicide prevention team idea moves forward

Amendments broaden scope of project Next stop for bill is appropriations By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal A Washington Youth Suicide Review Team is one step closer to reality after legislators passed substitute HB 1354 out of committee in a 11-2 vote. Rep....

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Free attorneys, extended ban on evictions considered

Broad new powers proposed for renters Property owners call bill “horrible” By Sydney Brown Washington State Journal An extension of an eviction moratorium for another two years and free attorneys for tenants who face eviction are proposed in a new bill that landlords...

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Year-round school coming to Washington

Lower income students hit harder by summer learning loss 30 school districts can choose to participate  By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal The summer months are coming to an end, children are heading back to school, but they are experiencing summer learning...

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In wake of major data breach, cyber security office proposed

By Patric Haerle Washington State Journal Reeling from a December breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of roughly 1.6 million Washington residents, state lawmakers are working with Gov. Jay Inslee to establish a new office to protect state...

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Inslee defends regional reopening plan

State has vaccinated over 700,000 individuals Freedom Caucus forms to press for quicker openings By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some...

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Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

Bill requires police presence on site Drugs and alcohol not allowed By Sydney Brown Washington State Journal Homeless shelters would be located in many cities and counties and supplied with mental health, employment and police resources if a bill under consideration...

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Democrats push new tax on billionaires 

Could raise $5 billion from fewer than 100 taxpayers Detractors fear plan could drive Washington’s wealthiest out of state By Patric Haerle Washington State Journal House Democrats are rallying around a proposal to tax Washington State’s billionaires. House Bill 1406...

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Navy gets approval for state park training

Commissioners vote on amended proposal, 4-3 in favor Navy says public won’t notice any differences By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal Training for Navy SEALs in state parks was approved by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in a 4-3 vote...

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Elementary school class wants state dinosaur named

Only fossil found came from Sucia Island 12 other states have official dinosaurs Staff Washington State Journal Washington State may soon have a new state dinosaur, thanks to the efforts of an elementary school class and the Washington State Legislature. The proposed...

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$25.8 billion transportation plan hikes gas tax 18 cents

$2.5 billion set aside for carbon reduction Republicans baffled by lack of involvement By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal Washington drivers will pay an extra 18 cents per gallon in gas taxes if a new 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package backed by...

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Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

Republicans want to spend more using rainy day fund Both plans aid schools, businesses, vaccine distribution By Patric Haerle Washington State Journal Relief for renters, schools, public health agencies and small businesses is rushing through the state Legislature,...

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Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny

Some calls appear motivated by racism Is this a problem here? opponents ask By Sydney Brown Washington State Journal A person who unlawfully summons the police on someone could face a civil action lawsuit under a proposed law that is gaining traction in the...

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Capital gains tax gets a harsh reception

New more business friendly bill likely Republicans say it looks like an income tax By Patric Haerle Washington State Journal A different take on Gov. Jay Inslee’s capital gains tax, less broad and friendlier to small family-owned businesses, will likely be introduced...

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Inslee lowers age of those eligible for vaccines

He acknowledges roll out has had problems Just when vaccine shipments will increase is unknown  By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal Just when residents of Washington will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine depends on how many doses the federal government...

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Security increased for Legislature’s opening day

Officials weigh security preparation in light of Wednesday attacks and planned protest No arrests made after an attack on governor’s mansion in Olympia Inslee acknowledges contrast between security response Wednesday in nation’s capital    By Joseph Claypoole...

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Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

Concerns voiced around school transportation, special education, enrollment See proposed budget as ‘a good start’ By Patric Haerle Washington State Journal Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending,...

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Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

Minority communities disproportionately affected Some police representatives say the bill goes too far By Sydney Brown Washington State Journal A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the...

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