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In Olympia, we’re in the last few weeks of the legislative session and attention is turning to the state’s budgets. I’m getting lots of questions about those budgets, so … more
A troubling theme has emerged this past legislative session that should concern all Washingtonians regardless of political affiliation. The majority party in the state House has continually voted … more
The story is the stuff of legends: someone suffers a cardiac arrest during a basketball game. Thanks to the nearby AED and CPR, the player’s life is saved.   Except this time … more
Drugs in our state are clearly more lethal than firearms. Just look at King County, where 83 people were fatally shot in 2022, but more than 1,000 people fatally overdosed. With that disparity in … more
On 10 occasions, Washington state residents have voted down proposals to create income taxes in Washington state and, until Friday, the state constitution was always interpreted to prohibit the … more
The no-new-taxes operating budget proposal introduced in the Senate this session is a welcome turnaround. To be clear, there is no more need for new taxes this year than there was in either 2019 … more
After trying for more than a dozen years to impose a carbon tax in our state, legislative Democrats succeeded in 2021. That’s the now-infamous session which also gave our state a new income … more
Washington’s housing affordability crisis hurts every corner of the state. We’ve all heard stories. Nurses and grocery store employees can’t afford to live where they work. Young … more
For senior Cambrie Opdahl, it was “Family Matters.” For freshman Titan Kala, it was “A Christmas Carol.” For Stephan “Cash” Henry, the director of Battle … more
Students in our K-12 public schools are clearly struggling with the “three Rs” — reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. Only 32.6% of the fourth graders and eighth graders tested … more
One year from now, in February 2024, we will mark the 50th anniversary of federal Judge George Boldt’s ruling in United States vs. Washington, which affirmed tribes’ treaty-reserved … more
For many Washingtonians, the 2023 property tax statements that came in the mail this month produced the same “sticker shock” they’ve felt when buying things like groce ries and … more
Six weeks into the 2023 legislative session, the state Senate reached the end of its first round of work.  The calendar we adopted on the session’s opening day set Feb. 17 as the … more
When Ryan Cowl, the principal at Battle Ground’s CAM Academy, received his first $500 Battle Ground Education Foundation (BGEF) Principals’ Grant a year ago, he knew just what to do with … more
Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree our state needs more places for people to live. A lot more. It doesn’t matter much whether they’re single-family homes or structures … more
One of the biggest challenges facing Washington employers today continues to be a lack of qualified workers. Even with rising inflation and growing concern about a potential recession, workforce … more
As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, … more
Each regular session of our state Legislature begins on the second Monday of January. Traditionally, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in a joint session early on, so … more
From the gently rippling surface of Yale Lake in the north to the Interstate 205-rumbling neighborhoods of its southernmost tip, the Battle Ground school district is a spectacularly beautiful and … more
Do you know which river holds the Washington state record for the largest steelhead ever caught?  The champion is Clark County’s very own East Fork Lewis River. Caught in 1980 and … more
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