Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, November 28

Washington State Capitol

Crime, taxes and artificial intelligence on tap as WA lawmakers prep for session
Rising costs of transportation projects. Using artificial intelligence in Washington classrooms. Preserving affordable housing. Spending proceeds from the state’s new capital gains tax and recent cap-and-trade auctions. Those are a few topics state lawmakers will delve into when they return to Olympia for committee days, an annual fete in which they get schooled on issues that may arise in an upcoming session. In this case, it’s the 60-day session that begins Jan. 8. Continue reading at WA State Standard. (Jerry Cornfield)

After falling behind on rent, Solomon and Miriam Quick have been given an eviction notice from their landlords at the Biltmore apartments on Capitol Hill, where they have lived for six years. Eviction filings in Washington are on the rise, more than doubling over the past six months.

Why have Washington eviction cases doubled in the past six months?
A growing number of Washington renters are at risk of losing their housing. Eviction filings in Washington more than doubled over the past six months. Monthly filings topped 2,000 in October, a rate that exceeds pre-pandemic levels. The state is on track to eclipse the rate of 2019, when more than 15,000 evictions were filed. The sharp rise in filings comes after recent years of historic lows, held off by a combination of unprecedented federal aid, temporary moratoriums on evictions and rent hikes, and legislative reforms that fundamentally restructured the legal process landlords must clear to remove a tenant from their home. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Genna Martin)

Lily Butler, 7, plays with stuffed animals in her bedroom after school on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, in Kenmore.

The second shift: Child care crisis forces families into grueling schedules
Child care costs have spiked 220% since 1990, and the crisis is especially acute in Washington state. It has the fifth-highest average weekly cost of child care in the nation, and Seattle is the second most expensive city, trailing only San Francisco. Even if parents can afford child care or receive government aid, they still face the hurdle of low availability. It’s typical for day cares to have years-long waitlists. Long waitlists and low availability are typical in child care. Despite the high cost of tuition, child care workers often make close to minimum wage, leading to high rates of burnout and attrition. Margins are extremely thin for child care centers because of regulations that mandate employee-to-child ratios. The high cost of staffing, combined with insurance and other expenses, means no one feels like they’re getting a good deal. Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)


Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen School District sends pair of levees to February ballot

Western gray squirrel listed as endangered in Washington state

Capital Press
New plant hardiness map shows higher temps
Washington man jailed for illegal fishing technique
EPA seeks pause in suits over forced electrification trucks

WA lawmakers revive call to let cities have elections in even-numbered years (Valdez, Farivar)

The Inlander
With improvements in the courts underway, Spokane County may plan for robust language access after advocates push for changes

News Tribune
Defense witness testifies that police force used against Manuel Ellis was appropriate

WA state Capitol Rotunda to host holiday tree lighting for first time since pandemic
Worried about the respiratory disease affecting dogs? Here are symptoms to look out for

Puget Sound Business Journal
Why the hiring market is still tight in Washington state
First homebuilders, now homebuyers. Is Amazon’s housing push working?

Seattle Times
Voter turnout hits modern low in WA
Seattle-area eviction cases spike as pandemic aid dries up
Why grades are up and test scores are down in WA schools
In Lynnwood, opioid treatment center sparked outcry amid need for treatment (Davis)
Police training expert: Tacoma officers charged in Manuel Ellis’ death justified in use of force
Opinion: Academics is less of a priority in our schools, and it shows
Opinion: This year, WA’s apple growers have reasons to be thankful
Opinion: Upgrade Amtrak Cascades or build high-speed rail? The choice is clear

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon receives funding for parks projects

Spokesman Review
Spokane City Council approves mayor’s $1.2 billion 2024 budget with some adjustments
Inland Empire Paper Co. seeking millions from feds to maintain ‘working forests’ as development pressure builds
Editorial: Time for Congress to update online protections for young people

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla to collect comments about community development funds until Dec. 20

Washington Post
Where we build homes helps explain America’s political divide
Medicaid’s ‘unwinding’ can be especially perilous for disabled people
If the U.S. wants more 15-minute cities, it should start in the suburbs

WA State Standard
Into a caregiving void: Family members fill crucial role providing long-term care
Crime, taxes and artificial intelligence on tap as WA lawmakers prep for session
Climate change, drought, wildfires reduce value of private forestland in the West by billions

Yakima Herald-Republic
Stage 1 burn ban issued in Yakima County until further notice
Historic photos show student life at Fort Simcoe Indian boarding school
Yakama descendants search for relatives’ remains at Mool-Mool, or Fort Simcoe state park
Editorial: Saving salmon will cost billions more — what’s an icon worth?


Over 140 ballots found in out-of-service mailboxes across Washington
‘This has to be fixed’: Reactions from officials after three teens escape Echo Glen Children’s Center (Mullet)
‘He’s just so sick:’ Landfill employees concerned about arsenic exposure amid King County violations

Captain and crew of water taxi that diverted runaway barge set to be honored for heroics
Burien City Council approves pallet shelter location to combat homelessness in split vote

KUOW Public Radio
Incoming: King tides to Puget Sound
The second shift: Child care crisis forces families into grueling schedules
New culverts in Washington state cost $20 million each. The DOT needs to replace 400 of them by 2030
A music teacher left two jobs following allegations of sexual harassment. Kent School District hired him anyway

Spokane City Council adopts 2024 annual city budget
Lori Kinnear says goodbyes before Betsy Wilkerson takes her position


Why have Washington eviction cases doubled in the past six months? (Peterson, Kuderer)

West Seattle Blog
FOLLOWUP: Ex-substation site in Highland Park closer to ‘affordable homeownership’ future
PARK PROJECTS MEETING, REPORT #1: Changes planned in seasonal closing time for Alki Beach