Opinion

Sound Transit, politics and Superfund sites

Elected leaders and residents want a landfill as the preferred site, and that raises questions.

Democrats are in charge, but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target

  • Mar 27, 2019

Teaching, training tomorrow’s leaders, workers

Legislature urged to fully fund our community and technical colleges

  • Mar 27, 2019

What tax-raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages

  • Mar 21, 2019

Libraries as entrepreneurial hubs | Rosenblum

Key measures of a healthy economy include, among other things, new businesses that create jobs and attract skilled workers. And while community leaders count on… Continue reading

Resetting state view on helping those with substance abuse

In opioid epidemic, a lawmaker wants recovery to be on the same pedestal as treatment and prevention

  • Mar 7, 2019

Puget Sound is not a sewer | Loomis

We must stop treating Puget Sound like a sewer if we are going to restore the fish, shellfish, wildlife and other natural resources it supports.… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2019

California wildfires spark renewed debate over underground power transmission lines | Brunell

November’s Camp Wildfire was California’s deadliest killing 86 people and destroying 14,000 homes along with more than 500 businesses. The financial fallout is forcing PG&E,… Continue reading

When tomorrow becomes today: King County cities must tackle affordable housing

Microsoft has started the regional dialogue, but will cities rise to the challenge?

Light rail and heavy appetites

Sound Transit is considering a site on Kent’s West Hill, where the Dick’s Drive-In restaurant opened last December, to build a new light rail vehicle… Continue reading

  • Mar 4, 2019

Those pesky tax incentives | Brunell

Costs matter today, even it means government incentives are part of the package

What a surprise: Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes

Even with a robust economy, the majority party may seek more revenue to carry out its wish list.

  • Feb 21, 2019

Growing resistance to corporate incentives | Brunell

The circumstances leading to Amazon’s decision to scrap its New York City project reflect trends corporate leaders need to examine closely. There are cultural and… Continue reading

Your South King County legislators in action

Democrats must be careful to not overplay their hand in Olympia

Lawmakers on the road to finding car tab relief

One of the last spitball fights among lawmakers in the 2018 session erupted on how to provide a modicum of relief for payers of Sound… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2019

Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious – and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted non-candidates, the PDC found

  • Feb 7, 2019

Snowy winter is here

A winter storm earlier in the week brought a thick blanket of snow, strong wind and troublesome ice to Kent and the Green River Valley.… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2019

Student debt draining retired income | Brunell

Lots has been written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents has gone largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall… Continue reading

Washington farmers need tariff relief | Brunell

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018’s. And the bad news? Absent tariff relief from the ongoing,… Continue reading

3 years in the making: new law on police use of deadly force

Legislators are about to pass a bill that will permit officers to kill only in ‘good faith’

  • Jan 25, 2019