Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Dec 19


Associated Press
Companies’ data security in question after Sony hack
Gov. Inslee eyes new capital gains tax, higher cigarette tax (Hunter)
Governor proposes capital gains tax for Washington
2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization
More sheep killed by wolf in Whitman County
Colorado vows to defend pot law against states’ challenge
Sides ‘far apart’ in West Coast port negotiations
China’s wealth finds home in Washington state
Health exchange to flip to direct premium payment
Inslee budget highlights: Taxes on stock, cigarette sales  (Carlyle)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Coal trains still running through South Fork Valley
Abused kids die as officials fail to protect them
Wages in Whatcom County up 1.6 percent in second quarter
State awards $2.5M to fix two of Whatcom’s worst bridges
Inslee’s budget plan adds roughly $1.5 billion for state-paid worker, teacher compensation

Bothell Reporter
Sen. McAuliffe retains position as ranking member of K-12 committee (McAuliffe)
David Frockt voted Senate Democratic health care lead (Frockt)
Governor unveils $2.3 billion education plan

Local legislators largely pan Inslee’s budget (Cleveland, Moeller)
In Our View: Nuclear Energy Deserves Debate

Everett Herald (subscription required)
County planners suggest changing pot rules
Everett fire chief calls for reforms amid scandal
Building bans extended at Oso slide site, North Fork Stilly
McCusker: Publicly owned bank could be useful, if done right
Editorial: Carbon tax or gas tax, state transportation package must pass

Islands’ Sounder
New laws for vehicle licenses

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. Ross Hunter reacts to Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal (Hunter)
Senator-elect Cyrus Habib named Senate Democratic Whip (Habib, Nelson)
Sen. McAuliffe retains position as ranking member of K-12 committee (McAuliffe)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Gov. Jay Inslee proposes taxing capital gains
Inslee’s budget plan includes roughly $1.5 billion for state worker, teacher compensation
Editorial: Testy North Korea puts a chill on American free speech
Editorial: How military’s sex offenders avoid registering

Olympian (subscription required)
Tumwater officials await plan for damaged wetland near historic brewery
Lacey council approves multifamily property tax exemption
Inslee’s budget plan includes roughly $1.5 billion for state worker, teacher compensation
Gov. Jay Inslee proposes taxing capital gains

Puget Sound Business Journal
Inslee tells state to ‘buck up’ and accept new taxes
Transportation fixes can’t wait
Bertha and the viaduct: What needs to happen now
Tech sector drives demand at state’s largest business school
Marijuana’s big year: Medical, recreational pot blooms in Seattle, but challenges remain

Renton Reporter
Brown family suing state, claim lack of supervision led to son’s death     

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Inslee proposes capital-gains tax to help fund budget (Carlyle)
Washington Health Benefit Exchange board votes to turn invoicing over to insurers
‘Buck up,’ Inslee says, as he makes case for new taxes (Hunter)
Medicare to cut payments to area hospitals over safety issues
Colorado vows to defend pot law against states’ challenge
Lawmakers: College Bound scholarship good, could get better (Frockt)

Seattle Weekly
Mayor’s Office Is Changing Medical Marijuana Plan, May Scrap Licenses

Skagit Valley Herald
Cladoosby: Tribes will revisit pot after feds’ ruling

Spokesman Review
Washington Gov. Inslee’s budget proposal boosts school spending (Hunter, Carlyle)
Plan funding divides STA board
Editorial: Consider the big picture of police camera issue

Tri-City Herald
WISH LIST: Washington State STEM Education Foundation seeks mentors
Editorial: Our Voice: Small modular reactors deserve informed study

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial – Yakama Nation’s sacred land should remain closed to public

West Seattle Blog
Light rail for West Seattle someday? First step just taken: WS added to Sound Transit’s map as potential light-rail corridor

Yakima Herald Republic
Inslee’s budget plan gets mixed local reaction
Editorial: Facts lacking on how much marijuana and motorists mix


E-cigarette shops unhappy with 95% vapor tax proposal (Carlyle)

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

E-cig and vape tax could be coming to Washington
China’s wealth finds a home-sweet-home in Wash. state

Inslee Proposes Robust Tax Package For Washington State Budget
Northwest Child Poverty Rates Show Patchwork Of Economic Recovery

Wash. House Speaker Frank Chopp: ‘I Still Consider Myself A Community Organizer’ (Chopp)
Polar Express For Grown-Ups: Washington Wine Shipments Frantic Before Holidays

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Investigation: 520 bridge contractor put workers in danger of crane collapse
Here’s why we shouldn’t change texting while driving laws

NW Public Radio
For Some Employers, A New Health Care Trend Means Healthier Employees

Q13 TV (FOX)
Inslee proposes ambitious budget, along with tax increases
2 Seattle police officers to start testing body cameras next week


Capitol Record (TVW)
Governor Inslee proposes capital gains tax to fill budget gap

Inslee proposes new taxes to meet state needs
The Daily Troll: Probation for charter school. Inslee pushes his budget. Dairies aim for cleaner water.

State Senator Doug Ericksen Is an Asshole (Governor’s gas emissions proposal)

Governor offers Realistic, Responsible Approach to State Budget
FAQs: Taxing Capital Gains To Build An Economy That Works For All Washingtonians

Seattle P.I.
Oklahoma and Nebraska: A nuisance lawsuit against Colorado marijuana
Gov. Inslee wants capital gains tax, big boost in education spending (Carlyle, Sullivan)

The Stand
I-1351 is the law: Legislators need to fund smaller class sizes
Tacoma must do better on paid sick leave
Inslee’s bold climate plan addresses ‘common good’
Inslee’s budget plan funds first state pay hikes in 7 years

Washington State Wire
Inslee Rolls Out Capital Gains Tax, $5B Increase in State Spending
To Tax Or To Cut? That Is The Question
MMJ “A Lot Less Illegal”, Congresssional Spending Bill Opens Flood Gates
Inslee Unveils Cap-and-Trade Program, Message to Lawmakers: Make Polluters Pay