Washington State House Democrats


Friday, April 5


Associated Press
Washington Senate passes $52.2 billion budget proposal
Gov. declares drought emergency in Central Washington
Motel 6 agrees to pay $12 million to settle lawsuit
Number of wolves continues to grow in Washington state
Supreme Court orders new sentence for juvenile offender
US proposes plan for Washington tribe to resume whale hunts
New rules would allow longer forced holds of people in mental crisis (Dhingra)
Inslee declares drought emergency in Central Washington  

Arlington Times
Letter: Schools already get lots of funding  

Auburn Reporter
Western Washington faces elevated wildfire risk in 2019
King County Flood Control District seeks public comment 
Sound Transit seeks $790 million federal grant for light rail extension
City says it can’t lift its budget blues with cuts alone  

Bainbridge Island Review
Legislation to confiscate firearms in domestic violence situations moves forward

Bothell Reporter
What’s next for the I-405 master plan?  

Stonier-sponsored bill addressing public-sector unions advances (Stonier, Wylie)
In Our View: Legislature should help medical school succeed  

The Daily News
No solution in sight for homeless at Lions Shelter  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
WaPo‘We own it’: Boeing CEO apologizes, acknowledges company’s role
Editorial: Keep loophole closed in domestic violence act  

The Island Guardian
Washington’s Wolf Population Increases For 10th Straight Year  

Island’s Weekly
The license plate for stewardship passes state congress (LovelettLekanoff)  

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Mason County studies the feasibility of a new jail  

New York Times
U.S. Adds 196,000 Jobs in March, a Return to Solid Growth  

Renton Reporter
Western Washington faces elevated wildfire risk in 2019  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Facing opioid and foster-care crisis, Spokane’s Rising Strong seeks to keep families together
After late-night amendments, fate of school levy bill remains unclear in Washington Legislature (Palumbo, Mullet)
Brian Moran, Trump’s appointee as U.S. attorney in Western Washington, promises ‘nonpolitical,’ measured approach to issues
Motel 6 to pay Washington $12M for giving information on 80,000 guests to ICE
Washington’s state health department will investigate scare over dental equipment in Seattle school clinics
Opinion: The tents will not go away until the state helps fund services
Editorial: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act  

Seattle Weekly
Western Washington faces elevated wildfire risk in 2019  

Spokesman Review
Senate passes $52.2 billion operating budget; proposal to support 20 new WSU Spokane medical school students fails (RolfesBillig)
Condon sends Sprague rehabilitation project out to bid without bikeways; Sen. Billig says not so fast (Billig)
Opinion: Rec tax proposal poorly crafted  

Tri-City Herald
Aquatics center bill is so close Pasco can smell the chlorine – almost   

Vancouver Business Journal
Clark County seeks volunteers to fill position on Columbia River Gorge Commission 
Port of Vancouver reports record-breaking cargo tonnage  

Washington Post
Potentially damaging information in Mueller report ushers in new political fight
White House maneuvers to block release of Trump’s tax returns
The U.S. added 196,000 jobs in March as economy shows signs of spring bounce
FDA, N.Y. attorney general take steps to police stem cell industry 



Snohomish County cleared 11 tons of trash and derelict RVs this week
Cities outside Seattle compete for tech companies as Bellevue welcomes Amazon
Problem stretch of I-5 in Tacoma getting lower speed limit soon  

Teachers say amendment to bill would cut salaries by thousands (Mullet)  

Environmentalists see key window of opportunity to help Orcas survive
Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims
Amazon’s move to Bellevue may spark declining Seattle rents, economist says
Gov. Inslee honors organ donors, urges others to become donors
New rules would allow longer forced holds of people in mental crisis (Dhingra)  

Orca advocates urge Legislature to pass emergency package for Puget Sound orcas  

Satsop River dredging could return (Van De Wege, Takko, Blake)  

NW Public Radio
Makah Tribe could again hunt whales off Washington coast  

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee declares drought emergency in Central Washington
Vaccine wars: Social media sites battle outbreak of bogus claims 



Facing cuts, Seattle school librarians fight to save their budget (Saldana, Carlyle)
Seattle officials vow to move forward with safe injection sites, despite U.S. attorney threat
Opinion: Overworked nurses are a danger to patients. WA can change this 

Amazon, Microsoft on opposite ends of tax debate in Olympia  

Seattle P.I.
Wash. AG Ferguson deep sixes Motel 6, orders $12 million settlement  

In the Middle of the Night, Two Senate Democrats Slipped Poison Pill Amendments into an Education Bill (Palumbo, Mullet, Wellman, Pedersen)