Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, June 23

Homes in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood are shown from the Space Needle

Housing Density: What we’re missing without a middle option
Earlier this year, Washington state’s Legislature considered whether to allow “missing middle housing” in cities across the state. That bill started out requiring that cities allow six-plexes on properties where you can only build one house today. The bill grew weaker as it made its way through the Legislature and eventually died, in part due to tepid support at best from mayors – who are elected, in part, by single-family homeowners – many of whom oppose that kind of density in their neighborhoods. Now, cities are getting another chance to reconsider missing middle housing. Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)

‘Please stay out of the water,’ WA state officials implore swimmers ahead of heat spike
Officials in Washington State are begging residents to use extreme caution if their plans include swimming during this weekend’s heat spike. Despite temperatures that are expected to range about 10-15 degrees higher than typical for this time of year, water temperatures will still be very cold, making hypothermia a real risk. Hypothermia becomes a risk when the water is 70 degrees or cooler. “After a cool and wet spring, most of the population has little to no acclimation to heat and therefore could be caught off guard by the rapid warm-up,” noted the National Weather Service’s Seattle office in an advisory released on June 22. Continue reading at The Olympian.

Editorial: Gas tax holiday could end up costing us even more
Motorists would likely see only a minimal drop in the price of gas. A study by experts at the Penn Wharton Budget Model found — estimating savings for a longer 10-month federal gas tax holiday — that between 42 percent and 80 percent of the suspended tax would be passed on to consumers, with the rest benefiting oil companies. Even at that rate of savings, the average motorist would save between $16 and $47 over that 10-month period, the study found. And any break in price could prove to be short-lived. Continue reading at The Everett Herald.


Associated Press
Washington revenue forecast up $1.46 billion
FDA bans Juul e-cigarettes tied to teen vaping surge
WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency
Lawsuit filed against State Patrol over DUI testing machines

Bellingham Herald
Wildfire risk is increasing in Whatcom County. Here are the areas of most concern
Bellingham mayor announces change in plan on proposed tax to fight climate change

Capital Press
Expert: Heat likely to boost stripe rust after late start

The Daily News
Longview fights Lake Sacajawea algae blooms after pandemic pause on treatment
Longview, Kalama ports consider study to deepen, add turning basins on Columbia River

Everett Herald
As Biden urges federal gas tax holiday, Inslee opposes state tax break (Liias, Ormsby)
Editorial: Gas tax holiday could end up costing us even more

High Country News
Only path: ‘dismantle coal infrastructure’
Tempers flare over definition of tribes, Alaska Native corporations

Kitsap Sun
Though shaken by Uvalde shootings, Kitsap district leaders say safety upgrades are ongoing
Lawsuit takes aim at WSP toxicologist over driver’s license revocations

News Tribune
CDC anticipates undetected U.S. cases of monkeypox, but experts believe risks are low
How much will you pay to cross the Tacoma Narrows bridge? You can have a say on tolls
Op-Ed: Guns are the problem. Until the U.S. passes real reforms, school shootings will persist
Op-Ed: Climate justice is the most urgent issue of a generation. That’s why kids are fighting mad

Thurston County commissioners now oppose DNR timber cuts across the county, letter says
‘Please stay out of the water,’ WA state officials implore swimmers ahead of heat spike

Puget Sound Business Journal
Return-to-office is flattening as companies navigate employee pushback, commutes, higher gas prices
Community college enrollment is slipping; here’s why

Seattle Medium
Washington Ranked High In Economic Recovery 
Washington State Seeing Record Gun Sales
Strickland Demands SBA To Be Accountable For Disaster Loans

Seattle Times
Fall City extremist’s eviction throws spotlight on sovereign citizen movement
Fish passage ‘likely’ as Seattle City Light aims to re-license Skagit River dams
Inslee signals no interest in a WA gas tax ‘holiday’; others skeptical, too (Liias, Fey)
Baristas at Seattle’s marquee Starbucks reassigned to make way for ‘Heritage Markets’ ahead of union vote

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County winding down pandemic-era rental assistance program

Washington Post
Supreme Court finds N.Y. law violates right to carry guns outside home
Biden wants new protections for trans students, sexual assault survivors
FDA orders Juul e-cigarettes off the market, citing insufficient and conflicting data
A week of highs: See where climate change made heat worse in America

Yakima Herald-Republic
Ostrom Mushroom Farms workers in Sunnyside submit petition seeking fair pay, respect


Washington state gas tax suspension remains unlikely despite calls from federal government
Nooksack Tribal Court continues the process of evicting disenrolled members
‘It’s just making everything worse’: Residents criticize Tacoma’s repeated encampment removals

Supreme Court decides ‘proper cause’ needed for concealed carry license is unconstitutional
Backlash growing over so-called ‘fake clinics’
Inslee balks at Biden’s calls for temporary suspension of gas tax

Overturning Roe v. Wade would bring chilling consequences, AG Ferguson, others say
Washington residents want gas tax break, but Gov. Inslee said it would hurt more than help
Seattle, its businesses prep for first in-person Gay Pride events since COVID pandemic
Supreme Court strikes down restrictive New York gun law

KNKX Public Radio
COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids. But the logistics aren’t easy
50 years later, female athletes recognize Title IX’s impact but also where it falls short
Title IX: Former tennis pro Patricia Bostrom’s role in making the world more equitable

KUOW Public Radio
Housing Density: What We’re Missing Without a Middle Option

Q13 TV (FOX)
Gov. Inslee won’t seek temporary suspension of state gas tax, despite Biden’s call to do so


The Stranger
Seattle Mayor Raises Rainbow Flag for Pride, but Not Much Else