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Minimum Wage
5:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Washington House Passes $12 Minimum Wage

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:20 pm

Democrats in the Washington state House have passed a $12 per hour minimum wage measure. The increase would phase-in over four years.

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Speed Limits
5:43 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Mull Higher Speed Limits

File photo. Drivers can legally top out at 80 mph on some sections of interstate highway in Idaho.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:10 pm

Some Northwest lawmakers want you to be able to drive faster. Bills in both Oregon and Washington would increase the speed limit on some sections of highway.

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Gas Tax
4:42 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Washington Senate Passes 11.7 Cent Gas Tax Hike; Heads To House

The Washington Senate approved an 11.7-cent gas tax increase phased in over three years.
Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 3:44 pm

The Republican-led Washington Senate Monday approved a nearly 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase phased in over three years.

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Senate Tax Rule
4:22 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Washington Lt. Governor Tosses Two-Thirds Rule For 'New' Taxes

Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen
Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 3:10 pm

In January, the Washington state Senate adopted a rule requiring that new taxes pass the Senate by a two-thirds vote. Monday Lt. Governor Brad Owen tossed it out.

Owen said the super majority threshold runs afoul of the state constitution. Owen pointed to a 2013 Washington Supreme Court ruling that overturned a voter-approved super majority requirement for tax hikes.

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LGBT
4:45 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Stop Conversion Therapy

Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop therapists from performing 'conversion therapy' on minors.
Credit Tara Schmidt / Flickr

People who've undergone 'conversion therapy' to try to change their sexual orientation told lawmakers Monday that the therapy doesn't work and is emotionally damaging. 

Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop therapists from performing 'conversion therapy' on minors. The therapy covers a range of treatments aimed at changing sexual orientation.

Back in 1987, Jason Zenobia said his parents sent him to conversion therapy when he told them he was gay.

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Senate Tax Rule
5:10 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New Taxes Will Require Two-Thirds Vote In Washington Senate

A rule that requires a two-thirds vote to bring proposals for new taxes to the floor was adopted Monday by the Washington Senate.
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The Republican-controlled Washington Senate has voted to make it harder to approve new forms of taxation.

The Senate Monday narrowly adopted a rule that requires a two-thirds vote to bring proposals for new taxes to the floor for a final vote. Republican Joe Fain defended the rule change.

"It only would impact things like a capital gains tax or an income tax or a radical change to our tax structure in this state which I think, reasonably, should require a higher threshold from this chamber if we’re going to do so,” Fain said.

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School Funding
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Inslee Scolds Legislature On School Funding, But Cautions Court On Sanctions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks to reporters at a Capitol news conference. The Democrat says it’s “entirely appropriate” for the Supreme Court to highlight the seriousness of the state’s school funding crisis, but he cautions against sanctions that might curtail funding to vulnerable citizens.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the legislature has not “acted appropriately” in the face of the McCleary decision on school funding. But he cautioned the state Supreme Court Thursday not to impose sanctions that would penalize other areas of state government. The governor’s comments came one day after the high court held a hearing to consider whether to hold the state in contempt. 


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Government and Politics
6:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Following Hearing

Following a contempt hearing, members of the McCleary family, who sued the state of Washington over school funding, answer questions from the media on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state legislature.


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Washington Primaries
6:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Two Republicans Advancing In Washington Congressional Race

Washington congressional candidate Clint Didier.
Credit Clint Didier campaign

Washington’s August primary appears to have delivered an historic first. Two Republicans are likely to advance to the November election in central Washington’s Fourth Congressional District. Never before has the state’s top-two primary produced two contenders of the same party for a Congressional seat. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Midterms
6:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Nearly $33M So Far In Washington Mid-Term Elections

The House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
Credit Cacophony / Creative Commons

Washington’s August primary is less than a month away. It’s a midterm election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million has been contributed to campaigns. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins takes a look at who’s giving.

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