Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, November 21

Washington State Capitol

New state revenue forecast projects $191 million increase in 2023-25 biennium
The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released new estimates for the 2023-25 state budget Monday showing that the state’s projected General Fund revenue collections will be $191 million more than September’s projection. Revenue is now expected to be $66.9 billion. Additionally, the estimates for the 2025-27 biennium showed an increase of $579 million from September’s revenue projection, totaling $71.5 billion, according to a news release Monday from the Office of Financial Management. Continue reading at The Olympian. (The Olympian)

eclection workers sorts ballots with large machine

Election mail threats across the PNW prompt new look at protections heading into 2024
Pierce County Auditor Linda Farmer has a goal. “We’re really hoping to make government boring again,” she said. “And that’s a good thing – when it’s working well, you shouldn’t notice that it’s there.” Farmer took office in January. Her job is to oversee elections and make sure they run smoothly. Continue reading at KUOW. (Pierce County Auditor)

PeachHealth medical center sign

Nonprofit hospital chain in Washington to refund $13.4 million to low-income patients
A non-profit chain of hospitals in Washington will refund up to $13.4 million to more than 15,000 low-income patients who used their services after a state Attorney General’s Office investigation found those patients should have qualified for financial assistance. Low-income patients at five PeaceHealth hospitals in Washington including Bellingham, Friday Harbor, Longview, Sedro-Woolley and Vancouver were affected, according to a news release from Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office Monday Continue reading at The Olympian. (The Bellingham Herald)


Capital Press
Inslee backs grizzly bears in North Cascades
Weather forecaster calls for mild, dry winter in NW

Everett Herald
Providence Everett nurses end strike, return to understaffed shifts
Editorial: Bolster protections for state, county election staff

Kent Reporter
State Senate Democrats’ Members of Color Caucus stands against hate (Kauffman, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Lovick, Nguyen, Valdez, Nobles, Randall, Saldaña, Trudeau)

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland officer accused of creepy behavior with bikini baristas

News Tribune
Maritime trades need workers. New Tacoma student skills center aims to provide them
In WA’s northern waters, Lummi keep sustainable, ancient salmon fishing techniques alive
This Pierce County senior center could close. ‘We all feel so emotional about the idea’

Nonprofit hospital chain in Washington to refund $13.4 million to low-income patients
Thurston County Commissioners were set to earn $135,864 in 2024. Now, they will make more
WA Secretary of State asks Postal Service for action on out-of-service mailboxes
New state revenue forecast projects $191 million increase in 2023-35 biennium

Puget Sound Business Journal
UW Bothell, Cascadia College unveil $79M Innovation Hall
As mass transit systems flounder, here’s how Seattle compares
Health system agrees to refund $13.4M to Washington patients
Companies grapple with political backlash against DEI programs

Seattle Times
Where should South Lake Union light rail go? Compare these 2 locations
Prepare for long WA ferry waits over Thanksgiving weekend
Seattle Indian Health Board to open Native-led substance use treatment center
Federal court moves to drastically weaken Voting Rights Act
Teachers and students grapple with fears and confusion about new laws restricting pronoun use

The Skanner
Rosalynn Carter: Advocate for Jimmy Carter and Many Others, Always Leveraging Her Love of Politics – AP

Spokesman Review
Washington Secretary of State calls on postal service after old drop boxes used on Election Day

WA State Standard
Only you (almost) can put Smokey Bear on Washington license plates (Nobles, Donaghy)
Consumer spending drives another $200M in expected state revenue growth

Wenatchee World
Chelan County PUD’s Rocky Reach Dam sees 93.78% juvenile Chinook survival rate — highest in 20 years


EPA discovers ‘forever chemicals’ in Pacific Northwest water systems
Lummi Tribe fighting fentanyl crisis with a mix of culture and modern medicine
Luggage theft at Sea-Tac Airport hit an all-time high in 2022. Here’s what we found in 2023

Washington Attorney General: PeaceHealth violated Washington state law in multiple ways

Smokey Bear license plates could be coming to Washington
Nearly 300K people expected on Washington ferries over Thanksgiving week
This gas station will be offering 40 cents off per gallon of fuel Tuesday evening

KNKX Public Radio
Washington scientist brings new hope to dying coastal sea star
Election mail threats prompt new look at protections for 2024
Former Washington state House candidate faces felony voter fraud charges

KUOW Public Radio
Seattle students push city to boost mental health funding in schools
UW, WSU agree to continue the Apple Cup, at least through 2028
Election mail threats across the PNW prompt new look at protections heading into 2024

Q13 TV (FOX)
Food banks struggle to meet holiday demands with rising prices
FTC issuing nearly $1,000 in average refunds to victims of tech support scam


Cascadia Daily News
Students, community members mark Trans Day of Remembrance
Moratorium extended on high-density development in Silver Beach
PeaceHealth to refund millions to low-income patients after AG investigation

‘Home was never a place’: One woman’s life in WA foster care
Grocery costs make this Thanksgiving more expensive than ever

Smokey Bear license plates part of state’s campaign to prevent forest fires

The Stranger
Slog AM: Temporary Ceasefire Reportedly Imminent in Gaza, Pack City Hall for a Ceasefire, World’s Oldest Dog Dies

West Seattle Blog
Spawning season ends in Fauntleroy Creek. Here’s how many salmon showed up