Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, July 2


Associated Press
Gov. Jay Inslee signs new two-year state budget (Hargrove, Hunter)
Washington quietly gives Microsoft a tax increase
Inslee signs recreational pot reform bill  (Carlyle)
State Legislature cuts state tuition by 15-20 percent
Initiative to protect animals collects enough signatures
Sen. Cantwell’s bill aims to address water issues in Yakima
Washington lawmakers approve drought relief
Legislative all-nighter: ‘Nasty things slip through’
State Legislature passes 11.9-cent gas tax hike over two years with approval of transportation revenue bill (Clibborn, Fitzgibbon)
Washington has a budget, but Legislature isn’t finished (Billig)

Aberdeen Daily World
Thunderbird agrees to close

Bothell Reporter
Statement from Rep. Jessyn Farrell on the transportation package (Farrell)
Capital budget includes funding for Wayne land preservation, UW Bothell (McAuliffe)

Central Kitsap Reporter
For health innovations, fund Life Sciences Discovery

Chinook Observer
Budget OK avoids harsh local impacts (Blake, Lytton, Hunter, Hatfield)

Longest-session ever (Moeller)
Camden: Some Washingtonian adults have a lot of toking to do (Carlyle)
‘About $50 million’ for county in capital budget (Moeller)
New budget keeps sales-tax exemption for Oregonians(Wylie, Moeller)
Editorial: Budget OK’d At Long Last (Hunter)
Letter: Help all to achieve retirement goals (Cleveland)

The Daily News
LCC tuition will decrease by 5 percent this fall

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Signing of state budget agreement goes to the line (Dunshee, Hobbs)
The forever session: In which Republicans are winning (Chopp)
Leque Island levees will be removed in effort to create salmon habitat
Burbank: Greater tasks ahead than just lowering a flag
Muhlstein: Deep gratitude expressed for same-sex decision
Editorial: Why no vote on export tool?
Editorial: State’s best chance at own water rule

Islands’ Sounder
Senator Ranker comments on transportation budget (Ranker)
Opinion: Sex trafficking: A local survivor shares her story

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Legislators voting on state budget (Ranker)

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland 405 access ramps closer to being passed in Olympia (McAuliffe)
King County Executive thanks Legislature for arts funding

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Budgets feature OC degrees, ferry operating money (Hansen, Rolfes, Appleton)
State parks gets boost in new budget

Maple Valley Reporter
Washington joins multi-state sting targeting illegal construction activities

News Tribune (subscription required)
Senate scuffle leaves $2 billion hole in day-old $38 billion operating budget (Sullivan, Billig)
Deal not yet sealed, but gas-tax increase advances (Clibborn, Kilduff, Fey, Gregory, Hurst, Jinkins, Kirby, Sawyer, Conway, Darneille)
Legislature passes funding for construction projects, but meltdown puts it in doubt (Dunshee)
Editorial: A monkey wrench from Olympia’s Senate Democrats

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Getting a budget deal is big relief

Marijuana is legal in Oregon — to possess and grow, but not to buy

Puget Sound Business Journal
Maritime leaders rejoice as Senate funds completion of routes 509, 167
Against the odds: Both WSU and UW medical school plans get funding
More lanes for I-405 and the 520 bridge gets finished: 5 transportation projects that just got funded
Washington state lawmakers kill Life Sciences Discovery Fund
Watch out San Francisco, Boston, San Diego: Washington state launches life sciences recruiting campaign
$38.2B state budget slashes tuition for students, funds K-12 education
First transportation budget in a decade: Legislature reaches multi-billion-dollar deal
Washington state budget requires Microsoft pay $128M in new taxes over next 4 years

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Education budget: Will it be enough to appease court? (Hunter)
‘Historic’ tuition cut sets state apart from rest of U.S. (Hansen)
Westneat: How an Evergreen State prof guided the Supreme Court

Skagit Valley Herald
Sakuma Bros. farmworkers walk off the job
Inslee, Larsen among state & federal officials asking Congress to renew conservation fund

Spokesman Review
Inslee signs budgets
Washington lawmakers not done with budget squabbles (Chopp)
Washington state slashes college tuition
Legislature sends transportation bill to Inslee (Riccelli)
Shawn Vestal: Act against hate; Spokane deserves it
Editorial: Knezovich’s warnings of far-right extremism a needed message
Editorial: Washington budget a sharp increase, but a step forward
Editorial: Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling good news for Washington

Tri-City Herald
Projects across Mid-Columbia funded in transportation package

Voice of the Valley
WSDOT testing a new way for motorcyclists to ride toll-free in the I-405 express toll lanes

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Majority should rule in statewide elections

Yakima Herald Republic
Senate proposal allocates $130M for projects in Yakima Valley
Budget bill is done, but Legislature still has work to do (Hunt, Kohl-Welles)
Editorial: Court makes right call on redistricting commissions


Surprise vote pokes $2 billion hole into budget (Ranker)
McCleary attorney says new budget doesn’t comply (Ranker)
Wenatchee wildfire likely human-caused
Watch how quickly fireworks can start a fire
Prosecutor releases new details on Pasco shooting
Senator Murray: Wash. hospitals are ‘failing’ rape victims

Lawmakers approve light rail expansion vote
Gov. Jay Inslee signs new two-year state budget

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Washington’s budget breaks down in Olympia with surprise dissent (Pedersen)

NW Public Radio
Standoff Creates Big Hole In Washington State’s Brand New Operating Budget

Q13 TV (FOX)
Officials: Wenatchee blaze that destroyed 29 homes was human-caused; fire now 83% contained
Witness: Rock-throwing man killed by Pasco police told officers ‘shoot me’


Capitol Record (TVW)
Legislature stalled over Initiative 1351 debate (Frockt, Habib, Hargrove)

Civic Skunkworks
Now conservatives want to wait and see on the $15 minimum wage

Measure to build nuclear reactors nears breakthrough in Legislature (Ranker)
Legislature stumbles on classroom size initiative (Ranker, Frockt, Hargrove)
Legislature struggling with transportation deal (Clibborn, Riccelli, Farrell)

Republicans Have To Live Here Too

Greens Split on Transportation Package (Dunshee, Fitzgibbon, Farrell, Chopp)

Final Budget: Hits and Misses

The Morning News: State Government Avoids Shutdown, Jay Inslee Signs a Budget Into Law Just Before Midnight (Hargrove)
Why It’s Total Bullshit That the State Legislature Is Killing a Clean Fuel Standard
The Bozos in Olympia Have Killed the Bill to Increase Funding for Washington Filmmaking