Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, March 31

Associated Press
Report: Boeing job cuts in Washington state could hit 10%
Washington Legislature adjourns   (Dunshee, Rolfes)
The Latest: Washington Legislature adjourns special session   (Ormsby, Sullivan, Lytton, Dunshee)
Gov. Inslee signs 2 education bills in Seattle   (Santos)
UW files lawsuit for control over historic buildings
Washington marijuana sales over $709 million in 2015
Key witness testifies in trial of indicted state auditor
Carbon tax initiative goes to November ballot
Growing number of small colleges struggling to stay afloat
Legislature overrides Gov. Jay Inslee’s vetoes
Legislature OKs vaping regulation
Gov. Inslee signs bill to create college savings plan
Washington governor bans state travel to North Carolina
Public can explore new 520 bridge before it opens to traffic
Reminder: Drivers need to remove studded tires today
Endangered Puget Sound orcas to get personal health records
Tacoma may ban plastic grocery bags, whether residents like it or not
Inslee OKs stricter fines for violating open meeting laws

Aberdeen Daily World
Lawmakers send budget to governor as session winds to a close (Dunshee, Mullet)
Grays Harbor jobless rate back in single digits
Jetty-area erosion prompts development moratorium
Weatherwax preservation plan certified by Corps, Ecology

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: Parting paths on charter schools

Central Kitsap Reporter
26th District lawmakers secure funding in supplemental capital budget for repairs to military vessel USS Turner Joy
Putting down the beast of human trafficking

In Our View: Wrong Approach (Moeller)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
In letter, county legislators thump Sound Transit’s timeline (Hobbs)
Water-supply snowpack improves but is still less than normal
Editorial: What the Legislature did and didn’t get done
Editorial: Protect kids from e-cigarettes
Editorial: Bad and good news on salmon

Islands’ Sounder
Ranker: Budget makes some strides forward, but not enough  (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State budget boosts Bremerton High counseling services (Hansen)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Legislature adjourns with budget that increases spending by $191 million (Dunshee, Lytton, Mullet)
Inslee bans state travel to North Carolina over transgender law
Key ex-Kelley employee takes stand in state auditor’s trial
Washington marijuana sales top $709 million in 2015
Legislature approves staffing boost at Western State Hospital (Jinkins, Wylie)
Op-Ed: Matt Driscoll: Cantwell’s case for affordable housing an easy one to make in Pierce County
Editorial: Lots of creative license taken by lawmakers
Editorial: Opioid scourge needs multipronged strategy

Olympian (subscription required)
Mediation dates set for Tumwater teachers, school district
Charges dropped for Shelton teens accused of bringing loaded gun to school
Editorial: Port and DNR find mediation can work
Editorial: Open Public Meetings Act gets upgrade (Hunt, Reykdal, Carlyle)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Business groups sue DOL over new rule targeting anti-union consultants
Google gives $344K to improve internet access for Seattle’s low-income families

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Nine other things buried in state’s supplemental operating budget
More money for homeless, mental health in state budget (Dunshee, Lytton, Hansen, Sullivan)
REI plans to move headquarters to Bellevue
New study identifies need for more diversity in autism research
5 state senators missed the budget vote — here’s why (Jayapal, Chase, Ranker, Hargrove)
Higher fines OK’d for violating open-meetings law
WWU moves closer to picking next president
Seattle mayor drops plan for second ‘safe lot’ for those living in cars, RVs
Editorial: Hiring a president for UW, WSU should be open, transparent process
Rep. Tina Orwall: Suicide awareness and prevention create safer homes
Opinion: When it comes to teen prostitution, how much suffering is too much?
Editorial: What took so long for the Legislature to reach a budget deal?

Seattle Weekly
It’s Time to Start Talking About Legalizing Drugs
15 Homeless Shelters to Close Thursday Morning
Stash Box: Why Are Some Washington Employers Still Making Us Pee in Cups?

Spokesman Review
Washington budget has millions for Spokane projects
Washington lawmakers pass budget, adjourn
Agreement allows transfer students to earn associate’s degree at EWU
Editorial: Class-size mandate doesn’t add up

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Clean water standards needed on tribal lands

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Legislature unimpressive in its performance


Washington Senate passes supplemental budget (Dunshee)
Long-awaited legislative victory for Ricky’s Law
Report: Boeing to cut 4,000 jobs in Wash.
Underfunding by legislature leaves disabled stuck in institutions
Washington state sees success in HIV initiative
Did state budget punish Troy Kelley?

Boeing to cut 4,000 jobs, more cuts could be coming
Budget compromise sets up Legislature to finish (Sullivan, Dunshee)
Unpaid taxes to help balance state budget (Lytton)

Mother of infamous ‘Man in Tree’ wants focus on mental illness
Boeing expects to cut 4,000 Washington jobs by June  (Robinson)

Boeing Commercial Airplanes To Eliminate About 4,000 Positions By Mid-Year  (Robinson)
Sen. Cantwell Highlights Pierce County Affordable Housing Shortage, Pushes For Tax Credit Extension
Northwest Tribes Will Share In Billion-Dollar Settlement
N.Y. Restricts Public-Employee Travel To North Carolina Over LGBT Law
Two Days Inside A Classroom For Young Offenders
Lawmakers Adjourn, Campaign Solicitations Immediately Go Out
Proposed Victoria Travel Ban Withdrawn By Washington State Lawmakers  (Morris)
CDC Helps State Test For Valley Fever In Eastern Washington Soil
Marijuana Sales In Washington State Expected To Reach New High

Heated Moments Before Washington Legislature Adjourns Special Session  (Rolfes)
Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale Of Haggen Grocery Chain To Albertsons
In Mukilteo: One School And 550 Kindergartners

NW Public Radio
Mysterious Figure In Troy Kelley Case Takes Stand At Trial
Heated Moments Before Washington Legislature Adjourns Special Session (Rolfes)

Q13 TV (FOX)
Boeing job cuts could reportedly hit 8,000 in Washington – about 10 percent of workforce
Public can explore new SR 520 bridge this weekend before it opens to traffic


Exclusive: Racist names to be scrubbed from Washington maps (Jayapal)
Legislators manage 11th-hour action on budget (Sullivan, Dunshee, Ormsby, Lytton, Nelson)
After mass die-offs and gloomy reports, new hope for bees in Seattle
Op-Ed: Women’s rights must be protected in Catholic hospitals

Final Budget Responds to Pressing Needs, But Lacks Bold Vision

Seattle P.I.
15 indoor homeless shelters set to close; group plans rally downtown

The Morning News: Lawmakers Pass Budget with More Mental Health Funding, Police Investigate Pioneer Square Shooting
Governor Jay Inslee Bans Most State Travel to North Carolina After Anti-LGBT Law
Washington Attorney General Joins Coalition of States Taking Climate Change to Court (Liias)
Here’s the Plan for How We Dramatically Expand Light Rail Over the Next 30 Years

The Stand
Legislators urge state officials to curb Freedom Foundation politics
Millions in back wages may be owed to SeaTac, airport workers (Keiser)