Washington Ledge

Education
3:58 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Education Spending In Focus As Washington Legislature Nears Halfway Mark

The House Chamber inside the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.

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Immigration
5:32 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Immigrant Deportation Debate Spills Over To State Capitol

A bill in the Washington House would direct local police and jails to stop coordinating with federal agencies on immigrant deportations.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 5:33 pm

The congressional wrangling over immigration policy -- which threatens to cut off Homeland Security money later this week -- is spilling over to the Washington State Capitol in a fashion.

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Public School Funding
4:34 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Controversial School Reforms Could Complicate Funding Debate In Washington State

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:01 pm

Washington lawmakers are in contempt of court over school funding. But it’s a couple of non-funding issues that could create a partisan rift.

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Congressional Per Diem
3:57 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Wash. State Senators Receive Higher Per Diem After Blasting 2014 Hike

The Washington Capitol in Olympia.
File photo by Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 5:37 pm

Three Washington state senators received a boost in their per diem last month, despite previously saying they wouldn’t take a raise in their daily allowance.

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Government And Politics
4:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Politics Swirl Around Labor-Backed Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Policies

WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:32 pm

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

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Fantasy Sports
4:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Fantasy Sports

Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests like this one on FanDuel.com.
FanDuel.com

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:52 pm

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

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Gas
5:38 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Republican Transportation Leader Eyeing 11.5 Cent Gas Tax Increase

Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:34 pm

Gas prices have plummeted, but Washington’s gas tax could soon go up.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
4:56 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Washington Senator: It's Not Just Lobbyist-Paid Meals But 'Free Cigars, Free Booze'

Washington lawmakers may accept 12 free meals per year from lobbyists.
Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 4:51 pm

Nearly two years after public radio and the Associated Press investigated lobbyist-paid meals for Washington lawmakers, the issue is still a topic of discussion in the legislature.

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Utility Districts
4:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Washington Lands Commissioner Loses PUD Right-Of-Way Battle

The washington Supreme Court ruled that public utility districts can string power lines through state trust lands.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 3:51 pm

Public utility districts in Washington have the right to place power lines through state trust lands. That was the decision from the Washington Supreme Court.

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Minimum Wage
5:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Oregon, Washington Propose $12 State Minimum Wages

File photo. Activists rally in support of a $15 per hour minimum wage on the steps of the Washington capitol building in Olympia.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:00 pm

Oregon could leapfrog Washington to have the highest state minimum wage in the country if the Democratically-controlled legislature approves a proposed increase.

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