Opinion

House Democrats re-examine real estate excise tax | The Petri Dish

After years of futility in targeting the wealthy, House Democrats may have divined an approach to achieve some of the political and financial dividends they’ve… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2017

Stuck with the tab | Shiers

Western Washington voters got what they supported – a Sound Transit measure to expand light rail and service but with the high cost of increased… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2017

Sound Transit resurrects monster-size vehicle valuations

The assault on taxpayers’ wallets by Sound Transit and ST3 just won’t end.

  • Mar 24, 2017

We need to do more to clean Puget Sound | Being Frank

The health of Puget Sound is getting some much-needed help from efforts to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and a proposed new law that would prohibit… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2017

Sound Transit officials take on the fury of car tab spike | The Petri Dish

This could be interesting. Thursday afternoon directors of Sound Transit will hold their regular monthly meeting in Seattle. It will be their first sit-down since… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2017

Recycling myths: sorting fact from fiction

By Michelle Metzler/For the Auburn Reporter Even with all the recycling we do, there are still some myths out there that generate confusion. Some myths… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2017

POG is worth another look | Brunell

In 2003, Gov. Gary Locke, D, faced a 10-percent revenue hole in the state’s budget. He also stared at a sluggish economy still reeling from… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2017

Game continues | Shiers

The legal battle continues to play out between state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and President Trump over the new executive order for a travel ban… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2017

Lawmakers trying to fix a taxing problem | The Petri Dish

Everyone understands the problem. No one opposes the solution. Yet today owners of 285 properties in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties still are facing a… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2017

Lawmakers must consider costs of all taxes | Brunell

As lawmakers in Olympia inch toward adjournment, they must keep in mind the total added costs of new taxes on our state’s economy. It is… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2017

Republican stir the pot on key topics | The Petri Dish

As the ruling majority in the state Senate, Republicans can bring up pretty much what they want on the floor when they please. And Tuesday… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2017

More expensive ride | Shiers

When voters approved ST3 last November, they didn’t realize how it would dramatically increase car tab renewal bills. Drivers in Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2017

Celebrating 75 years of library stories | Wasdin

The earliest “library story” I remember is the summer reading program at the Jacksonville Public Library. Summer reading was one of my favorite events each… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2017

Climate change is damaging treaty rights | Being Frank

Climate change isn’t happening to some of us, it’s happening to all of us, and it’s going to take all of us to meet its… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2017

Rosellini’s plan to fund bridges deserves another look | Brunell

Remember the old saying: Hindsight is 20-20? If only Washington voters had followed Gov. Albert Rosellini’s tolling plan to build, maintain and replace our state’s… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2017

Time to make changes at the Port of Seattle | Guest op

By Rep. Mia Gregerson/For the Reporter Our civics and our democracy depend on the principles of transparency and accountability. One of our government institutions, the… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2017

Roaring into a new month | Shiers

Coming off the second-wettest February on record, the area has offered little respite from the dreary weather this winter.… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2017

Lawmakers dealing with controversial bills | The Petri Dish

A vote, up or down, on abolishing the death penalty in Washington. That’s what Attorney General Bob Ferguson wanted on the legislation he crafted. “The… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2017

Wall of Washington | Shiers cartoon

President Trump’s immigration policy has unnerved our state.… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2017

When you dig deeper, the president’s ‘tough talk’ on trade doesn’t sound as good | Brunell

When President Trump spoke to Boeing workers at its South Carolina production facility, he reiterated his campaign promise to bring jobs back to America. It… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2017