Opinion

Burgers and fries or trains and rails?

A Sound Transit committee recently removed the Lowe’s/Dick’s site from consideration for a light rail maintenance facility. Public opinion gathered by Sound Transit at open… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2019

 

Washington’s big tax bump | Brunell

With the dust settling from the 2019 legislative session, the focus is assessing the impacts on taxpayers and our economy. Our state’s budget grew by… Continue reading

 

State, feds splash and clash over Washington’s water quality

President Donald Trump is ready to give Washington the clean water rules its leaders requested. Did he get an ounce of gratitude when the Environmental… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2019

 

Washington State Capitol. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Interim House speaker takes on challenges of a tough seat

The Frank Chopp era is over. Washington’s longest-serving speaker of the state House of Representatives quietly exited last Friday from the seat of power he… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2019
Washington State Capitol. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

New Montana law aims to keep people in their homes | Brunell

Montana’s legislature took the unusual step of exempting older, less-valued mobile homes from property tax as a way to stem homelessness. The bipartisan legislation, which… Continue reading

Start your waste reduction journey

Most Americans throw away about 4.5 gallons of stuff every single day. That’s a whole lot of garbage. The good news is, we’re taking notice.… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2019

Democrats doing a victory lap, but other matters remain unfinished

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2019

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

The vast majority of e-waste isn’t handled in an environmentally friendly way

KCLS fosters connections with local governments and library advocates

King County Library System fosters connections with local governments and library advocates to strengthen collaboration, encourage citizen engagement and maximize public funding to help KCLS… Continue reading

Montana woman recognized among Fortune’s greatest world leaders

Imagine sitting home and learning Fortune Magazine just listed you among the world’s greatest leaders? That’s exactly what happened to Marilyn Bartlett who led the… Continue reading

More hatchery fish needed

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to strategically release an additional 50 million chinook from its hatcheries this year to benefit starving… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

From climate change to health care, Democrats advance governor’s agenda

Jay Inslee looks to be enjoying his best legislative session as governor. By the time it wraps up, the Democratic governor should get 15 of… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Seeking compromise on data privacy, Dems found controversy

Microsoft, Amazon and Comcast got invited to to help craft language but consumer groups did not

  • Apr 19, 2019

There’s enough money to fund Auburn schools without increasing property taxes

By Liv Finne, Washington Policy Center, for the Auburn Reporter For years, through politics, teacher strikes and court cases, we heard that state lawmakers were… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2019

Lawmakers need to re-examine budget before adjourning

Before lawmakers wrap up their work in Olympia, they should reexamine their hefty new state spending plan. The budget may not be sustainable, even with… Continue reading

Woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight

At nearly noon, Lanni Johnson sat in a fold-up beach chair in the chilly shade of the state Capitol dome with no intention of relocating… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2019

Are sheriffs above the law?

Washington voters have spoken on I-1639. Sheriffs need to set the stage to follow their oath of office - and enforce the law.

Inconvenient truth about batteries | Brunell

Each year Americans throw away more than three billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material and the situation is likely to get much worse… Continue reading

Embrace the sharing economy for Earth Day

By Hannah Scholes, Waste Management, for the Auburn Reporter The sharing economy is flourishing, leading to a stronger sense of community and environmental benefits. It’s… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2019

Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

OLYMPIA — If the Democrat-controlled Legislature fails to pass a low-carbon fuel standard this session, Steve Hobbs, one of their own, will get blamed. He… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2019