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  • Transportation funding package moves to the House for a vote

    Brooklynn Hillemann, Washington State Journal|Updated Feb 25, 2022

    OLYMPIA – A package that pays for free passes on public transportation for young people and upgrades to major bridges are all part of a 16-year transportation funding plan approved by the Washington State Senate. The Senate approved the proposed revenue sources for the $17 billion ‘Move Ahead Washington’ transportation investment package on a 29-20 vote on Feb. 15. The bill sponsored by Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Marko Liias, D-Everett, now goes to the House for consideration. The plan includes funding for transit pr...

  • Inslee urges action on homelessness

    Brooklynn Hillemann, WNPA|Updated Feb 10, 2022

    OLYMPIA – Homeless people would have quick access to shelters and other facilities under a $815 million, multi-agency plan supported by Gov. Jay Inslee. Flanked by Democrat officials from King County, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma on Feb. 3, the governor pressed the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 5662. The bill would create an intergovernmental coordination office to reduce the number of homeless camps by helping people get into permanent housing. "We have to move more quickly...

  • Gov. Inslee calls for swift action on affordable housing, rise in homelessness, climate change

    Brooklynn Hillemann, Washington State Journal|Updated Jan 20, 2022

    OLYMPIA – Immediate action must be taken to address climate change, the housing crisis, transportation, and education, Gov. Jay Inslee said in his annual State of the State address Jan. 11. "We face a variety and dimension of demands greater than ever as we enter 2022," he said. "We must take action this day to keep and strengthen our commitments to those in need right now and in the future." With a 2021-23 budget supplemented with leftover COVID relief funds and new f...

  • Proposed law would require local student registration by age 5

    Brooklynn Hillemann, Washington State Journal|Updated Jan 20, 2022

    OLYMPIA – Early childhood education is so critical to student success that now some educators are pushing for enrollment in school by age 5. Currently, Washington parents are allowed to delay their child’s enrollment with the local school system until age eight. If Senate Bill 5537 passes, they’ll be the last in the nation to do so. The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee held a public hearing on the bill Jan. 14. “By adjusting the compulsory age to five we are...