Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, June 4

Nicole Slemp of Auburn walks past a KinderCare while out with infant son William. While looking for child care after William’s birth, Slemp and her husband found that even the most inexpensive option would... (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

How to find affordable child care and child care subsidies in WA
Washington leaders have recently taken steps to expand child care access in communities across the state, but it’s still difficult for many families to find high-quality, convenient and affordable care. Only 8% of 3-year-olds and 16% of 4-year-olds were served by Washington’s state-funded preschool programs last year, according to a new report by the National Institute for Early Education Research. The April report ranked Washington 17th among U.S. states in preschool access for 3-year-olds and 33rd for 4-year olds. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner)

A bottle of buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid-use disorder. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WA health officials turn to emergency rooms in fight against opioid epidemic
Washington health officials on Monday announced a new program to help emergency room clinicians prescribe medications to treat opioid addiction. ScalaNW, a state Health Care Authority program, will offer 24/7 live clinical support to hospitals and emergency rooms looking to provide patients with medications for opioid-use disorder. Continue reading at The Washington State Standard. (Joe Raedle)

Mural artist Crick Lont (known as dozer_art on social media) is seen next to a commissioned mural he painted, with local graffiti writer Charms, on the exterior of La Esperanza Mercado Y Carniceria in Beacon Hill, Thursday, May 30, 2024. The mural features a large portrait of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata alongside the landscape, flora, and fauna, of the Sonoran Desert. The pair painted the mural in 2020 and, Lont says, wanted it to

WSDOT’s new drone pilot program aims to cover up hard-to-reach areas known as “heaven spots,” but is it just painting over a larger problem?
The state of Washington [is piloting] a new initiative to cover graffiti using drones in hard-to-reach places like bridges, overpasses or very high up on walls. This pilot program will run throughout the rest of the year from Tacoma to Olympia. A few highway maintenance employees are being trained to operate paint-spraying drones. WSDOT Maintenance and Operations Superintendent Michael Gauger and his crew will spend the rest of the year testing the drone. Continue reading at Crosscut. (M. Scott Brauer)


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Capital Press
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Everett Herald
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International Examiner
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News Tribune
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Puget Sound Business Journal
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Seattle Times
How to find affordable child care and child care subsidies in WA
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Spokesman Review
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WA State Standard
Making the case for Washington’s counties
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Wenatchee World
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Yakima Herald-Republic
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KUOW Public Radio
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Lime Scooters will return to Spokane just in time for summer
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Washington’s latest attempt at graffiti cleanup: drones

Seattle scraps ShotSpotter plans; advances surveillance, license plate readers