Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

State House swiftly passes paid family and medical leave bill, sending it to Inslee’s desk

Wash­ing­ton State’s House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly giv­en its back­ing to a land­mark paid fam­i­ly and med­ical leave bill that will bol­ster the eco­nom­ic secu­ri­ty and well-being of Wash­ing­ton fam­i­lies. The House took action with­in an hour of hav­ing received the bill from the state Sen­ate, which is extreme­ly fast.

Posted inLegislative Advocacy

End of Washington’s fiscal year looms as lawmakers disclose details of budget deal

While those watch­ing out for the release of the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture’s final state bud­get were sore­ly dis­ap­point­ed this after­noon, details were bub­bling out about the Leg­is­la­ture’s plans to address McCleary. Leg­isla­tive staff, how­ev­er, are still scram­bling to actu­al­ly pro­duce a bud­get that nego­tia­tors have agreed to in order avoid a state gov­ern­ment shut­down. Then […]

Posted inLegislative Advocacy

Budgets need scrutiny: State Legislature’s lack of fiscal transparency is unacceptable

Yes­ter­day, with­out fan­fare, Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee’s office announced that the major­i­ty cau­cus­es of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Sen­ate had reached agree­ment (“in prin­ci­ple”, at least) on a go-home bud­get deal that would avert a state gov­ern­ment shut­down fol­low­ing the end of the day on Fri­day, June 30th, the last day of the current […]

Posted inParty Politics

LIVE from Seattle: Who will succeed Jessyn Farrell? Democratic PCOs selecting nominees

Good morn­ing from Lake City. I’m here at the Seat­tle Men­non­ite Church, where the Demo­c­ra­t­ic precinct com­mit­tee offi­cers of the 46th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict are gath­ered to draw up a list of can­di­dates to suc­ceed Jessyn Far­rell, who recent­ly resigned from the state House to run for May­or of Seat­tle. Because Jessyn has quit the legislature […]