Washington Ledge

Education Funding
3:51 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Could Hold Legislature In Contempt

Attorney Tom Ahearne represents the coalition that sued the state of Washington over school funding. He wants the Supreme Court to find the state in contempt.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

It’s a showdown between the state of Washington’s legislative and judicial branches. The Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether to penalize the state for not complying with a 2012 ruling on school funding. 

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Foster Care
5:26 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Judge Sides Again With Washington Foster Youth

A judge in Bellingham Monday ordered the state of Washington to do more to locate foster children who run away.
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The state of Washington must do more to locate foster children who run away. That’s just one of the requirements contained in a court order issued Monday in Bellingham. This is the latest chapter in a nearly 16-year-long legal fight to improve Washington’s foster care system.

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Washington Unemployment
5:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag

King County is leading the job recovery in Washington state.
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Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to below 6 percent. That's the lowest level in six years. That’s according to the June jobs report released Wednesday. Seattle’s King County is leading the recovery. But most Washington counties remain above the statewide average. And some rural counties of the state are much higher.

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Gun Regulations
4:43 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Poll Finds Washington Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support

A new poll shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging.
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A new Elway poll out Tuesday shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.

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Criminal Justice
6:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth

Governor Jay Inslee meets with his newly appointed Justice Reinvestment taskforce. It will look at evidence-based ways to reduce the growing need for prison beds
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. That growth has Governor Jay Inslee concerned. The Democrat Tuesday announced a Department of Justice-backed review of the state’s criminal justice system. The goal is to look for ways to save money without jeopardizing public safety.

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Washington Budget
4:46 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Washington Governor Directs Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget.
Credit Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget. The directive comes as the latest revenue forecast out Tuesday shows an ongoing sluggish recovery. State budget director David Schumacher says the budget-cutting exercise does not mean all agencies will be cut by 15 percent.

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Washington Legislature
5:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers

Republican Mike Padden is the chair of Washington’s Senate Law and Justice Committee.
Credit Washington Legislature

The Washington Supreme Court could hold state lawmakers in contempt over school funding. But is the high court overstepping its bounds? A Republican-led legislative panel held a hearing Monday on separation of powers.

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Juvenile Crime
5:22 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Juvenile Killers Could Get Second Chance At Release

The Washington legislature this year passed a law that requires new, individualized sentences for these aggravated murderers.
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Nearly 30 juvenile killers currently serving life without parole in Washington could be eligible for release in the future. That’s because of a new state law that took effect this month. It was passed in response to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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Washington Law
5:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns and Tanning

Some 200 new laws take effect June 12 in Washington.
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This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The Real Hope Act is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday – 90 days after the Washington legislature adjourned.

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Background Checks
4:52 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks

A Ruger 9mm pistol.
Credit Robert Nelson / Flickr

Democratic lawmakers in both Washington and Oregon are working on measures to require background checks for all gun sales. A universal check proposal was introduced Wednesday in the Washington House. A similar bill is expected in the Oregon Senate soon.

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