Lawmakers brace for overtime in Olympia | The Petri Dish

The countdown to special session is underway. Truthfully, it’s been going on for awhile among those in the fraternity of lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative staff… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2017

Time to get serious on REAL ID compliance | Guest op

By state Reps. Mark Hargrove and Matt Shea/For the Reporter If you enjoy spending long hours in line at the DOL or being forced to… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2017

Lawmakers face a jigsaw puzzle in trying to fully fund education | The Petri Dish

As eight lawmakers arrived at a conference room early Wednesday for another round of negotiations on public school funding, I welcomed them with a nod… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2017

Trains, trains and crossing arms in Kent | Guest op

Is there anything more frustrating than being stuck at a train crossing when there are no trains? Very few things in my book are. The… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2017

Lessons learned from demise of Northwest aluminum industry | Brunell

Driving east along State Route 14 these days, you see water pouring out of Columbia River dams. It is already a high water year with… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2017

State carbon tax would be harmful | Brunell

A major hurdle for lawmakers in Olympia working to finish the next two-year state budget and adjourn is the so-called “carbon tax.” However, Gov. Jay… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2017

Some lawmakers want to take away popular property tax limit | GUEST OP

By Paul Guppy, Washington Policy Center’s vice president for research With so much commotion happening in our national government, it is reassuring to know one… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2017

A message of inclusion and acceptance | GUEST OP

By Jasmit Singh/For the Kent Reporter Earlier this month, a gunman demanded Deep Rai, a 39-year-old Sikh man, to “go back to his own country”… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2017

The secret in the classroom revealed | Box

Cellphones have become the talk of the town in Washington, D.C. with suspicion of talking to and listening to whom. Twitter tattling took over the… Continue reading

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 23, 2017

Kent School District welcomes, encourages all | Watts

On behalf of the Kent School Board and our entire staff, I want you to know every student is welcome in the Kent School District… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 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

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