Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, April 28

On dark gray cobblestones, the back corner of a car’s bumper and back tire are shown, with its tailpipes blowing out exhaust.

Washington Joins Oregon, California, British Columbia In Passing Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Changes may soon arrive at a gas pump near you thanks to new fuel standards that just landed on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk. The state’s new fuel standards will slowly lower the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses coming out of vehicle tailpipes through 2035. That means cleaner technologies biodiesel or renewable natural gas will get a boost over gasoline and diesel. Continue reading at Northwest Public Broadcasting. (Ruben de Rijcke)

Seen from above, a hazy blue mountain range stands in the distance, with a city skyline and surrounding suburbs between two bodies of water. A floating highway bridge leads across the water.

The legacy of racism built into Northwest highways and roads
Transportation and equity issues are deeply connected. As the Eastside and related suburbs become increasingly urban and vital, dealing with the legacy of race on the ground is important. Rail, transit, bike and pedestrian access and related development patterns are clearly a crucial part of the equation, as are more environmentally sustainable and less polluting transportation and energy. As Buttigieg said, racism was built into some of our highways. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Elaine Thompson)

Child care and early learning advocates in Washington state celebrate legislative wins
It was a big year in state politics for programs that serve students and children. Especially the youngest ones. The child care sector, which has struggled to recover from the financial impact of the pandemic, won a long-term financial boost through a new capital gains tax passed this legislative session, which concluded Sunday. Funded at more than $400 million over the next two years, a new law, the Fair Start Act, will require the state to expand access to early learning and child-care programs. Continue reading at The Seattle Times.


Associated Press
Largest firefighting plane may be sold for COVID-19 response
Biden to pitch sweeping ‘family plan’ in speech to Congress
Immigration groups launch $50 million effort for citizenship

Aberdeen Daily World
Inslee gets his wish: A tax on capital gains and bill to fight climate change (Jinkins, Billig, Nguyen)
Aberdeen district expands learning options
Commissioners brainstorm, looking for savings
Van De Wege bill exempts salmon recovery grants from sales, B&O taxes (Van De Wege)

Auburn Reporter
All fireworks will be illegal in unincorporated King County in 2022
Auburn Community Court will be a ‘diversion court,’ not a ‘homelessness court’

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Tuesday in Washington state
COVID infection rates climb in six Whatcom regions last week — one to a pandemic high
Whatcom sees largest reported increase in new COVID cases in more than two months
Whatcom pays more than the U.S. average on some household bills. Here are the details
Unexpected millions in state budget make this Bellingham homeless service center a reality (Shewmake)
What could a magnitude-9 quake do to Washington? Study predicts tsunami impact
No COVID vaccine in Washington? No problem — Idaho removes residency requirement
These are the new CDC mask recommendations
CDC, FDA see no Pfizer vaccine link to heart problem, eyeing with ‘special interest’
New summer food program to feed more than 30 million kids, USDA says. What to know
Free pre-K, child tax credit and paid leave: A look at Biden’s American Families Plan
Capital Press
Despite drought, good water supply predicted for Columbia River

Centralia Chronicle
Governor Gives Tenants Protections, Reduces Help for Landlords (Kuderer)

Columbia Basin Herald
Capital gains, low-carbon fuel bills go to governor (Robinson, Liias, Carlyle)

Battle Ground schools could eliminate nearly 60 jobs due to falling enrollment
In Our View: Legislature must end use of title-only bills

The Daily News
State awards Lower Columbia College $3.2M to design new $30M vocational building

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Snohomish County on verge of slipping back to Phase 2
Gone fishing: Trout season has begun across Washington
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Cohen: Comment: With vaccine success, why are marks still mandated?
WaPo Comment: ‘Anglo-Saxon’ has long been code for white supremacy
WaPo Comment: Small moments frame big picture of Biden’s 100 days
Editorial: Kids back in class; help keep them there
Letter: Cordon around Planned Parenthood is a win for protesters
Letter: Planned Parenthood fence sad commentary on issue

The Facts Newspaper
Tens of Thousands of Vaccine Appointments Available
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pause lifted: what this means for King County
City of Seattle to Administer More Than 50,000 Vaccinations

High Country News
California orders Nestlé to stop siphoning spring water

News Tribune (subscription required)
County Council’s investigation of Sheriff Troyer paused as state looks at criminal case
More than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday in Pierce County
South Sound university will require COVID-19 vaccination for all returning students
Pierce County COVID cases soar even as vaccine appointments are plentiful. What gives?
Editorial: Vaccine information sucked into JBLM black hole. It’s time for Biden to let data out
Vaccinated people can now do these things safely, CDC says in updated COVID guidance

New York Times
Biden Details $1.8 Trillion Plan for Workers, Students and Families
The Biden Plan for Free Community College Has a Big Challenge
As Economy Rebounds, Manufacturers Face New Hurdles

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston adds 22 cases as COVID-19 activity rises. Could the county revert to Phase 2?
Just 28% of Thurston County has been fully vaccinated. Here’s how to find a dose this week
State audit finds Thurston County paid employee for time not worked
What could a magnitude-9 quake do to Washington? Study predicts tsunami impact
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Tuesday in Washington state

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County, Port of Port Angeles to form broadband authority
State allocation fuels Port Hadlock Sewer Project (Tharinger)
Vaccine choice planned for Clallam County pop-up clinics

Puget Sound Business Journal
Sustainable aviation fuels get big boost from state Legislature
Health official: King County should brace for return to Phase 2 of reopening plan
Latest Employee Retention Credit guidance offers no new headaches, but some good opportunities

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle residents are flocking to South King County during COVID pandemic
Child care and early learning advocates in Washington state celebrate legislative wins
Hit both by pandemic and quality problems, Boeing reports more losses
King County likely to move back to COVID reopening phase 2, public health director says
It’s Seattle’s state now in politics, and everybody else is living in it
Diaper stipend didn’t make Washington budget, but diaper banks and cash assistance did (Senn, Ormsby, Nguyen)
Opinion: Pandemic underscores need to invest in child care

Skagit Valley Herald
Anacortes approves $5.1 million contract to bring fiber internet to city’s west side
Two school districts pull back on in-person learning

Spokesman Review
Most Inland Northwest lawmakers won’t attend Biden’s pared-down address to Congress
Gonzaga University’s new chief diversity officer hopes to spearhead ‘impactful’ changes
Pride Prep charter school in Spokane faces tough questions over academic and financial performance
The CDC has loosened outdoor mask guidance for fully vaccinated people, but Spokane County’s COVID-19 numbers aren’t going in the right direction

Washington Post
White House proposes $1.8 trillion package that would dramatically expand education, safety net programs
Joanne Chory is using plants to save the planet
Global pandemic needs a more global response, Fauci says, amid record-breaking deaths in India
Lower-than-expected state population totals stoke concerns about the 2020 Census

Yakima Herald Republic
Drugs and gangs are drivers of violent crime on Yakama reservation, sheriff says during community meeting
Don’t miss Yakima Herald-Republic virtual child care town hall on Thursday
Skookum House will provide temporary home to children in foster care system in Ellensburg


WATCH LIVE: Washington State Department of Health gives update on COVID-19 pandemic
Seattle police warn of ‘staffing crisis’ after 66 more officers leave
How events in King County could be impacted by a Phase 2 rollback
King County investigates 17 ballots from 2020 general election suspected of fraud
Real-time results: Washington special election

CDC changes mask guidelines for fully vaccinated
Craft distillers left out of American Rescue Plan
Pacific Lutheran to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations
King County Council approves ban on fireworks in unincorporated areas
North King County COVID-19 vaccination site opening in Shoreline

King County nearing rollback to Phase 2 of re-opening plan as COVID-19 cases surge
More defunding considered if Seattle police departures continue
MIT study suggests social distancing may create ‘a false sense of security’
Texting option weighed for upcoming ‘988’ suicide hotline

Listen: A look at historic legislative session, challenges ahead for some measures

1 million COVID vaccines sit in freezers as Washingtonians hunt for doses
Pandemic blog: Covid-related updates for the Northwest
At Biden’s 100-Day Mark, Republicans Attempt To Paint His Policies As Far Left
Here’s What You Need To Know Ahead Of Biden’s Address To A Joint Session Of Congress
Biden Administration Limits Power Of ICE To Arrest Immigrants In Courthouses
How Inslee’s climate agenda just got a boost
April 27th | Washington State Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis

CDC says fully vaccinated people can ditch masks while outside
Experts push for younger people to get vaccinated as rising cases likely forcing Spokane County back to Phase 2

NW Public Radio
CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)
Governor Signs Law Banning Native-Themed High School Mascots, With Some Exceptions (Lekanoff)
Washington Joins Oregon, California, British Columbia In Passing Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up

Q13 TV (Fox)
King County likely rolling back to Phase 2 of state’s COVID-19 reopening plan
King County Prosecutor reveals homicides, shootings continue to increase
Inslee: Fully-vaccinated Washingtonians can be outside maskless in non-crowded settings
Real ID deadline extended to 2023 due to ongoing pandemic: DHS
No appointment needed at Tacoma Dome mass vaccination site


Civic Skunkworks
Civic Ventures Applauds the Passage of SB 5096

WA lawmakers try to thread needle on drug possession, to mixed reviews (Dhingra)
Opinion: The legacy of racism built into Northwest highways and roads
Shaking hands may be the next partisan divide in Washington state
Opinion: WA’s recognition of Juneteenth is a step toward a more inclusive history
Poll: Washingtonians aren’t quite ready for a post-pandemic normal
Eight big things the Washington State Legislature passed in 2021 (Lekanoff, Kuderer)
How Indigenous efforts to reclaim land tell the story of the PNW

State lawmaker: Capital gains tax ‘not necessarily’ the first step toward income tax (Frame)

Farewell, Styrofoam, We Hate You (Das)