State House needs to follow suit on toughening DUI laws

In January, the Legislature must make a fourth DUI a felony. By Mike Padden Special to The Times AFTER 176 days of work, state lawmakers passed a historic budget that lowers tuition for the first time, puts record amounts of funding into basic education and makes significant investments in mental health — all with no […]

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KING5: State lawmakers investigating Snohomish County clean energy contracts

EVERETT, Wash. — A series of contracts awarded by the Snohomish County Public Utilities District through a state clean energy grant program are under investigation by state lawmakers, some of whom are concerned about potential conflicts of interest between public and private entities. Central to questions being raised, mostly by Senate Republicans, are dealings between […]

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Seattle Times: Reducing class size starts with building more classrooms

AT a time when the Legislature is debating the best way to pay for basic education in K-12 schools, it makes sense to start with the most basic element of all: classrooms. No matter what we do this legislative session, we’re going to need more of them. That means tackling an outdated school-construction model that […]

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