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Category: Washington Legislature
September 20, 2013 at 6:29 AM

State lawmakers load up on earmarks

Good story, bad leadership Congratulations to Andrew Garber for your article on state earmarks. [“Olympia earmarks make comeback,” page one, Sept. 8.] It was disappointing to learn of the reappearance of spending in our state that skirts the regular capital budgeting process, regardless of whether legislators believe them to be “worthy causes.” A word of advice for…


Comments | More in Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: earmarks, lawmakers, Legislature

September 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Legislators exempt from noncriminal traffic tickets

Unacceptable So the Washington State Patrol and the Tacoma Police Department think it is OK for our elected representatives to speed anywhere in the state during their session, plus 15 days prior? [“Around the Northwest: OK for legislators to speed at times,” NW Monday, Sept. 16.] Wow, talk about above the law! The police say it is…


Comments | More in Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: legislators, speeding, traffic offenses

August 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Contacting members of Congress

Some representatives are more receptive than others U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. [Courtney Blethen Riffkin, The Seattle Times] We live in a representative democracy. That means that each citizen’s rights and civic issues are represented by elected officials in Washington, D.C. It should not matter what the issues are; the elected official should be receptive to input from their…


Comments | More in Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: maria cantwell, patty murray, representatives

June 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Senate bill would deplete health benefits for part-time faculty

Bill is hypocritical, dangerous As a part-time teacher, I read the story about the state Senate’s health-care proposal with great interest. [“Part-time school, college staff may lose state health benefits,” NW Thursday, June 13.] Sen. Andy Hill’s specious proposal for a $2 per hour “raise” could never begin to cover the actual costs of even a…


Comments | More in Education, Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: 5905, benefits, education

April 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM

State lawmakers debate Reproductive Parity Act

Committee stacked against choice In a column on Senate Health Care Chairwoman Randi Becker’s decision to shelve the Reproductive Parity Act [“Randi Becker stalls bill, goes against Washington’s tradition of supporting abortion rights,”, April 2], Thanh Tan, who otherwise lauds the concept of power-sharing in the Senate, states, “This isn’t the decision of the…


Comments | Topics: reproductive rights

April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

McKenna offers blueprint for GOP revival

McKenna proposes worthwhile changes, but leaves one out As a longtime voter, I was pleased to see Rob McKenna’s statement of changes needed by the GOP [“A reset button for Washington state’s GOP,” Opinion, March 31]. I first voted in November 1952, casting votes for Dwight Eisenhower and other Republicans. I’ve voted in every election…


Comments | More in Election, Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: McKenna, Republicans

March 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Park system funding is legislative responsibility

Taxpayers don’t want to fund government programs I disagree with George Coulbourn’s conclusion that the primary cause of state parks underfunding lies with the Legislature [“Disconnect between government, people,” Northwest Voices, March 27]. I think the repeated strong approval of Tim Eyman’s initiatives to require a two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes makes it very clear that…


Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Taxes, Washington Legislature | Topics: Washington state parks

March 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Washington should explore ideas other than new state prison

Olympia should prioritize prison reform Thank you for the excellent, full opinion-page coverage suggesting alternatives to building a new state prison [“Consider alternatives to a new state prison,” Opinion, March 24]. I look forward to continuing coverage exploring further alternatives to expensive and largely ineffective long-term incarceration. As suggested, there is mounting research-based evidence from the…


Comments | More in crime/justice, Reform, Washington Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, Washington state prisons

March 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

State park system celebrates 100th anniversary amid funding cuts

Disconnect between government and people Fact: State parks are underfunded because the Legislature chooses to underfund them [“Budget-starved parks mark grim centennial,” page one, March 24]. Same thing with K-24 (or 2-23), roads and many other functions that are highly visible and highly desirable. Our elected officials behave as though they think the public is either…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Economy, Environment, Washington Legislature | Topics: Washington state parks

March 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Battle over budget in Olympia

Cuts should be extended to erring politicians Regarding the article on how to balance the budget [“As budget battle lines take shape, analogies fly,” NWThursday, March 21], why wouldn’t you first look at the politicians salaries? Obviously, by elected politicians deciding how to spend the money and on what programs — in which they can’t even…


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