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House committees, chairs finalized

The House Democratic Caucus today approved the committee chairs and vice chairs for the upcoming legislative session. (Click here for a complete HDC committee list.) Policy Committees Agriculture and Natural Resources: Rep. Brian Blake (Aberdeen), chair; Rep. Kris Lytton (Anacortes), vice-chair Business and Financial Services: Rep. Steve Kirby (Tacoma), chair; Rep. Cindy Ryu (Shoreline), vice-chair Commerce and Gaming: Rep. Chris Hurst (Enumclaw), chair; Rep. Sharon Wylie (Vancouver), vice-chair Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs: Rep. Sherry Appleton(Poulsbo), chair; Rep. June … Continue reading

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KCTS: Frank Chopp the Affordable Housing Crusader

House Speaker Frank Chopp doesn’t like the spotlight, unless it’s pointed at the issues he cares about. Over the years Chopp has accomplished a great deal for his Seattle district and the people of Washington state. Perhaps his greatest passion is affordable housing. Ever since his first taste of community activism back in 1974, Chopp has fought for people and families who can’t afford a place to live. KCTS-TV reporter John Yeager recently talked with Frank about affordable housing as … Continue reading

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Hiring is on the rise. So is unemployment. Huh?

It might seem counterintuitive, but while Washington added close to 6,000 jobs last month, the state Employment Security Department (ESD) reports the unemployment rate also ticked up a bit.  And it may be that that’s not such a bad thing. As ESD labor economist Paul Turek explained to KPLU’s Tom Banse, a surge in hiring can make active job-seekers out of laid-off workers who had essentially lost hope and stopped looking for work.  If more jump into the game than … Continue reading

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Washington revenues still below pre-recession level

Despite relatively good financial news over the past several years, Washington’s budget still has not fully recovered from the financial crisis. According to a new report released by the Pew Charitable Trust, revenues are still down 2.3 percent compared to what they were in 2008 when adjusted for inflation. It’s not that our economy is not doing well. We are consistently rated one of the best states for business and have the lowest unemployment rate since the start of the recession: … Continue reading

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Rep. Roger Freeman: 1965 – 2014

Statement from House Speaker Frank Chopp and Democratic Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew on the passing of Representative Roger Freeman: “Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Rep. Roger Freeman today. We have lost a treasured colleague and friend, but they have lost their husband and father. “Roger was a deeply spiritual man who lived his faith every single day. As a legislator, he was passionate about social justice, strong families, and educational opportunities for all. “We will miss … Continue reading

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