Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 16

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why child care costs are soaring
The cost of daycare and preschool rose 4.4% in March from the year before — outpacing the overall inflation rate, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rising costs are putting stress on families, with some spending at a slower pace and dipping into savings, and there’s even some evidence that parents are leaving the workforce entirely. Continue reading at Axios. (Axios Visuals)

Washington Gov. Inslee signs HB 1239 into law with the Rigg Hillard family and Rep. Santos on March 25, 2024.

This law said teachers could hurt kids to ‘correct’ them in Washington. One boy shared his story to change that
A longstanding law — changed this legislative session — said teachers could use physical discipline as long as the violence was “reasonable and moderate” and caused only “transient pain or minor temporary marks.” That’s despite the state having passed a law banning corporal punishment three decades ago. The new law passed this year removed teachers from the list of caregivers who can physically discipline students. Continue reading at KUOW. (TVW)

Foam coolers, takeout containers will be banned in Washington starting June 1
Those foam clamshell containers long used by restaurants for takeout food will soon be illegal statewide in Washington. Coffee cups, plates, trays, and other food and drink carriers made from the same material – known as expanded polystyrene – will also be outlawed. The prohibition on the sale and distribution of these products will take effect June 1 under a law the Legislature approved in 2021. Last year, the state prohibited the sale and distribution of foam packing peanuts under the same law. Continue reading at WA State Standard. (Spencer Platt)


Associated Press
Boeing pushes back on whistleblower’s allegations and details how airframes are put together

Aberdeen Daily World
Laying out complex, controversial step of North Shore Levee Project

Auburn Reporter
WSDOT: Slow down for Work Zone Awareness Week

Why child care costs are soaring
Number of homicides plummets in major U.S. cities
How social media is changing the real estate landscape

Capital Press
Conditions mixed as sugar beet planting continues
How many acres get lower Snake River water? Irrigators, Corps differ by 44,5000 acres

Vancouver-based BowFlex sold for $37.5 million
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver revamping, expanding emergency department

Everett Herald
Boeing pushes back on Everett whistleblower’s allegations
Snohomish may sell off old City Hall, water treatment plant, more
Comment: Transgender care bans ignore science, humanity
Editorial: Among obstacles, hope to curb homelessness
Editorial: Apple-naming contest fun celebration of state icon

Kitsap Sun
Take a look at 5 residential housing projects in the works in East
Housing development could usher in a walkable look for Bremerton’s Wheaton Way corridor

Puget Sound Business Journal
Suburbs revolting against growth in development hot spots
Affordable housing project set for high-profile U District property

Seattle Times
WA fishing season opens April 27, with a redesigned app
Why environmental justice matters, from the founder himself
WA declares statewide drought emergency following poor snowpack

Washington Post
The IRS’s new tax software: Rave reviews, but low turnout
New report estimates U.S. fraud losses exceed $233 billion annually
A blood test to detect cancer? Some patients are using them already.

WA State Standard
In reversal, more states allow high-speed police chases
Foam coolers, takeout containers will be banned in Washington starting June 1
WA’s incoming high school juniors will be allowed to enroll in college courses this summer

Yakima Herald-Republic
State audits find no significant issues in city of Sunnyside


Island County candidate targeted by fake email scam

Renton City Council approves large bonus increase for lateral officer hires
Protesters, vehicles block traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; 46 arrested

Washington’s average gas price over $1 more than national average
Growing Seattle encampment unmoved despite public drug use, safety concerns

KUOW Public Radio
Shelters in dog-loving Seattle are overcrowded with pups
This law said teachers could hurt kids to ‘correct’ them in Washington. One boy shared his story to change that (Santos)

Spokane protesters demand City Council to pass ceasefire resolution supporting Palestine
Washington Court of Appeals vacates sentence for Freeman High School shooter, orders him to be resentenced


Cascadia Daily News
Draft Urban Forest Plan aims for 45% overall canopy cover in Bellingham 

WA homeless youth program closes after contractor ‘misspent’ $330k