Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, March 31


Associated Press
Gov. Inslee imposes ban on state-funded travel to Indiana
Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new law
Wash. Senate Republicans to release budget proposal
Senate panel hears bill raising Washington’s minimum wage (Farrell, Hobbs)
Hundreds sign up to speak against teacher-evaluation bill (Santos)

Aberdeen Daily World
Secure Rural Schools Program passes House
Lawmakers talk fireworks, boats, taxes, education in telephone town hall (Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Bainbridge Island Review
Op-Ed: JAPANESE AMERICAN EXCLUSION: We will remember, and remain vigilant

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Editorial reprint: Mentally ill inmates need healing, not warehousing

Central Kitsap Reporter
‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ campaign beginning in April

Minimum wage issue draws local testimony in Olympia (Farrell)
Brunell: Franchises are treated unfairly by wage law
In Our View: Help Timber Counties

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Divide grows over student testing (Santos)
Op-ed: Right-to-work effort under way in state
Editorial: Movement on oil train safety

Highline Times
LETTER: More Taxes on Real Estate Hurt the Economy

Islands’ Sounder
Ranker named top leader (Ranker)

Issaquah Press
Washington Healthplanfinder enrolls 165,000 in qualified health plans; annual enrollment report released

Kirkland Reporter
Letter to the editor: Sen. Hill should support road expansion within his own district

News Tribune (subscription required)
Teachers line up to oppose use of statewide tests in evaluations (Reykdal)
Editorial: Mentally ill inmates need healing, not warehousing

Puget Sound Business Journal
Many working at suppliers for Boeing make less than $15 an hour
City of Seattle joins business leaders in shunning Indiana after passage of ‘religious freedom’ law
Some Seattle restaurants go tip-free as $15 minimum wage hikes go into effect

Redmond Reporter
After five years, consumers have embraced the Affordable Care Act
Legislature misses the chance to limit vaccine exemptions

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bertha’s damaged cutter head emerges from pit
Seattle City Council clears way for 3 new homeless camps
Seattle home prices rising more slowly than 20-city average
Rate of rent increases slows, but the trend is still upward
Seattle clarifies fine points of new minimum-wage law
Seattle sales tax to rise Wednesday for extra Metro funding
Inslee to protest Indiana law with travel ban
Capital-gains tax in, Inslee’s carbon tax out in Dems’ budget plan (Hunter, Carlyle)
Editorial: Legislature should keep simple tool to fight Medicaid fraud
Editorial: Customers deserve to know about data breaches quickly

Skagit Valley Herald
Proposed tax rankles real estate agents

Spokesman Review
Projects to increase, improve routes for cyclists gain support in Spokane
Washington teachers union opposes bill tying evaluations to test scores
McMorris Rodgers proposes bill to help ALS patients
Proposal to boost Washington minimum wage brings varied views (Hobbs)
Editorial: School survey of youths’ sexual activity provides useful data

Tri-City Herald
Sen. Brown’s economic development bill dies

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Amend state constitution to require supermajority to raise taxes

Yakima Herald Republic
Need for more nurses growing around Valley, across nation
Goldendale lawmaker seeks permanent tax exemption for Internet access
Editorial: A reminder to remember sacrifices of Valley’s vets


Seattle mayor to sign Indiana travel ban in protest of law
Bertha cutter head removed from pit
Motorcyclists argue I-405 express lanes violate the law
Ivar’s to raise minimum wage to $15, cut tipping

Wash. governor: No state-funded travel to Indiana
Minimum wage leader’s next campaign
Record number apply to Washington’s public universities
State House panel considers change in teacher evaluations

Senate panel hears bill raising Washington’s minimum wage (Farrell)
Governor Inslee: No state-funded travel to Indiana

Arlene’s Flowers Fined $1,000 For Discrimination

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Is ‘Going to Change Everything’

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Ivar’s president is confident early $15 minimum wage rollout will work
Private business owner: Big businesses are ‘taking advantage’ of employees
Wash. Senate Republicans to release budget proposal

NW Public Radio
Washington Senate Republicans Hold Hearing On $12 Minimum Wage
Budget Fight Looms in Washington Legislature

Q13 TV (FOX)
Inslee bans his administration from state-funded travel to Indiana over ‘religious’ freedom’ law
Bertha’s Back: Front end of broken Seattle tunnel machine lifted out of ground


Capitol Record (TVW)
Push to raise statewide minimum wage heard in state Senate (Farrell, Hobbs, Senn)
Supporters laud affordable housing, mental health in House capital budget hearing

Hatcheries flow on despite the evidence they harm salmon recovery
Guest Opinion: Dirty fuel exports darken NW’s Earth Day
Democrats make a run at minimum wage, sick leave bills (Farrell, Jayapal, Hobbs, Jinkins, Senn)

“Free Trade” Agreements Broadly Disadvantage American Workers, Because Markets!

Council Will Pass Resolution to Oppose Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast Track

Creating an Equitable Future for Black Washingtonians

SDC Hopper
Jayapal: Modest wage raise offers big impacts for Washington families (Jayapal)

Seattle P.I.
Our best employer may surprise you
Business lobbies line up against $12 minimum wage: Will they yield (Hobbs, Jayapal, Conway)

Gov. Jay Inslee Bans State-Funded Travel to Indiana After Controversial Religious Freedom Bill
State Department of Transportation Responds to January Freakout Over “Catastrophic Failure” Language in Tunnel Report