Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 21


Associated Press
Tribes urge restart of background checks in child placement (McCoy)
State treasurer proposes income tax to fund education
State Ferries make changes to avoid another reservation-system failure
Costs to fix Wanapum Dam estimated at $86.5 million
Senator proposes bill to ticket slow left-lane drivers
Trafficking deal clears path for attorney general vote
State transportation officials to visit Kelso on Tuesday
Seattle tunnel subcontractor cited, fined for accident
Wyoming wolf pack is largest in the West with 24 predators
Seattle Times wins Pulitzer for Oso mudslide coverage

Aberdeen Daily World
Hoquiam council’s oil workshop produces questions
Commissioners clash during sales tax debate
Little Hoquiam Shipyard has a big-time reputation

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State treasurer: time for ‘grand bargain’ that includes income tax
Spokane senator: ‘There ought to be a law’ against left-lane drivers
Editorial reprint: STEM programs deserve added help

In Our View: Time Ticking In Olympia
Legislative session could head into overtime (Cleveland)
State poet laureate sets two free readings in Vancouver

The Daily News
Kelso Council to discuss expanding land availability for marijuana industry

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Teachers to protest school funding, proposed bill with 1-day strike (Ortiz-Self, McAuliffe)
McCusker: Skill needed to handle wage increase
Op-ed: More college options key to our economy
Editorial: Keep our public lands public

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ranker tax plan targets ultra-high earners to help pay or public schools (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State accepting input on Tacoma Narrows tolls

Olympian (subscription required)
Census suggests homeless population is declining in Thurston County
Under the Dome: Tuesday, April 21, the 100th day of the 105-day legislative session (Sawyer)
Legislature: Send released sex offenders back to county of origin (Kilduff)
HUD announces grants for Washington homeless veterans
Editorial: STEM programs deserve added help

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula’s 3 state lawmakers agree state Auditor Troy Kelley should resign (Hargrove, Tharinger, Van De Wege, Sullivan)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Marijuana dispensaries, recreational shops struggle to find homes in rental market

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle ranks No. 1 in conversion to credit unions
State treasurer calls for income tax to help fund education (Frockt)
Average price of legal pot drops to about $12 a gram
Scott White Station? Transportation bill would honor late senator (Carlyle)
Get ready for a long, slow summer of highway work
Clock is ticking as state budget talks break down (Sullivan, Hunter)
Guest Opinion: Maybe income inequality is all about housing

Spokesman Review
Baumgartner bill targets left-lane slowpokes
Editorial: Funding key to growth of medical education

Tri-City Herald
Majority of Pasco council backs state transportation package, with money for Lewis Street overpass
Our Voice: Sealing juvenile court records means less transparency

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Legislating from bench is too common


One-day teacher strikes planned this week
Citizen behind Kelley recall cites Constitution
Seattle tunnel subcontractor cited, fined for accident

Thousands of teachers to walk out over lack of state funding for schools (Sullivan)
William Shatner proposes pipeline from Seattle to help California drought
Slow left-lane drivers could be ticketed under pending WA bill

Ferry system tries to avoid another online reservation failure
Thousands of Washington teachers prepare for 1-day strike
State mulls ‘oversize load’ rules: ‘Somebody is going to get killed’

Measure To Relax State Payday Loan Restrictions Awaits Vote (Springer)
HUD Will Fund More Housing Vouchers For Homeless Veterans In Seattle And King County

What’s At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy
School Levy Reform Becomes A Late Topic Of Talk In Olympia

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Boze on teachers’ strikes
New bill targets slow left-lane drivers

NW Public Radio
School Levy Reform Becomes A Late Topic Of Talk In Olympia

Q13 TV (FOX)
Whooping cough advisory issued for Clark County
New bill targets slow drivers in left lane for ‘obnoxious, inconsiderate and dangerous behavior’


Capitol Record (TVW)
Lawmakers consider extending electric vehicle tax break for cars $35,000 or less
Puget Sound leaders call on lawmakers to fund light rail expansion

Life science research: Is state losing focus?
Treasurer wants a state income tax but with benefits (Frockt, Reykdal)

Rep. Carlyle Challenges Sound Transit Funding Equation (Carlyle)

The Stand
As sine die nears, values-based operating budget comes first