Category Archives: In the News

Class, let’s define ample funding for the Legislature

The Seattle Times

The key word in Washington’s constitutional crisis is ample. Whether schools start in the fall may depend on whether the Legislature can fulfill its promise to amply fund public schools. Read more…

Do better, Legislature

The (Vancouver) Columbian

Overtime sessions in the Washington Legislature long ago stopped being “special” while taking up residence in the “mundane” category. So it is that lawmakers launched a special session Monday, providing an indictment of their failure to reach agreement on a two-year budget during the 105-day legislative session. Read more…

Feuding lawmakers need to end the drama

Tri-City Herald

The script being played out in Olympia this month is as depressingly familiar as an action movie franchise with one sequel too many. Read more…

Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating

The (Spokane) Spokesman Review

After 105 days in Olympia, state legislators are in a familiar spot. No budget. No serious attempt to meld competing versions into one. Is this even news? Read more…

1,933 days and counting: Fix for Washington education funding remains elusive, fines pile up

The Seattle Times

No one expects a breakthrough on K-12 education-funding negotiations by the end of Washington’s regular legislative session. So what will it take to end years of debate and delay and resolve the multibillion-dollar problem known as McCleary? Read more…