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Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes

Published on March 16, 2017
New O’Ban-Rossi bill would prohibit state from collecting taxes for regional agency Yesterday, the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes. “If Sound Transit wants to tax people on a false vehicle... Read More

Becker seeks to address ‘unconscionable’ agency actions with stricter oversight

Published on February 15, 2017
Sen. Randi Becker says the effectiveness of court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling for those convicted of driving under the influence has been compromised by the mismanagement of complaints and the settlement process for license violations by those trusted to hold counseling providers accountable.   Becker, R-Eatonville, has responded with Senate Bill 5705, which would require... Read More

KING5: State lawmakers investigating Snohomish County clean energy contracts

Published on June 16, 2015
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... Read More

Bailey bill ensures Kelley won’t boost pension during his unpaid leave

Published on May 14, 2015
As state Auditor Troy Kelley takes time off to defend himself against accusations of lying, cheating and stealing, a bill sponsored by state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, ensures he won’t rack up credit toward a state pension. Her measure would block statewide elected officials who are under felony indictment from garnering “service credit” when... Read More

The SMART Act: Measuring outputs, not just inputs

Published on February 24, 2015
Much of the public discussion and advocacy surrounding the budget writing process often tends to focus on inputs, or the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on a particular program. The Legislature has an equally important duty to study the outputs, or the actual results of the way they spend taxpayer dollars. Accountability and transparency are... Read More

The SMART Act: Measuring outputs, not just inputs

Published on February 24, 2015
Much of the public discussion and advocacy surrounding the budget writing process often tends to focus on inputs, or the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on a particular program. The Legislature has an equally important duty to study the outputs, or the actual results of the way they spend taxpayer dollars. Accountability and transparency are... Read More

O’Ban wants inquiry on why caseworker in horrific child abuse case was promoted

Published on December 30, 2014
KING 5 Story: Sen. O’Ban wants answers and change. As chair of the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, he sees systemic problems at DSHS where there is little accountability and plans legislative action. A child is completely disabled after a CPS worker failed to comply with basic protocol. That worker was recently... Read More

State Senate majority creates new government accountability committee

Published on December 09, 2014
Announces committee leadership for 2015 legislative session The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced today Senate committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session including the addition of a new committee that will focus on government accountability and reform issues. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said, “The committee leadership reflects the exceptional talent in this caucus who... Read More

State Senate majority creates new government accountability committee

Published on December 09, 2014
Announces committee leadership for 2015 legislative session The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced today Senate committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session including the addition of a new committee that will focus on government accountability and reform issues. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said, “The committee leadership reflects the exceptional talent in this caucus who... Read More

$750,000 dinner bill and no food after 3 years of trying to harvest fish.

Published on November 12, 2014
Chris Ingalls, KING 5 Investigator A Washington State prison had a novel plan to feed its 2,000 inmates: open its own fish farm to to produce a steady supply of fish for the prisoners’ dinner menu. But three years and $750,000 later, the operation has not harvested a single fish that went on to be... Read More

Ethics board fines Lt. Gov. Brad Owen $15,000

Published on November 12, 2014
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has reached a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board that fines him $15,000 for using state resources for his nonprofit organization Strategies For Youth. The settlement, released Friday and which Owen has agreed to, would allow him to pay only $10,000 of the fine if he commits no other... Read More

State agency draws criticism for spending $600,000 on Tacoma workshops to boost employee performance

Published on November 08, 2014
By Brad Shannon, August 29, 2014 A division within Washington’s biggest state agency spent $600,000 for airfare, mileage, lodging, food and guest speakers to put on educational workshops in Tacoma for about 2,160 state employees who work in welfare- and food stamp-related programs. There were three two-day events that ended Thursday at the Greater Tacoma... Read More

Report raises questions about handling of welfare fraud tips

Published on November 08, 2014
Chris Ingalls, KING 5 News A Department Social and Health Services internal report raises new questions about how effective the agency’s fraud unit is responding to tips about welfare fraud. The May 2014 Focused Accuracy Review, obtained by the KING 5 Investigators through a public records request, examined 200 tips sent to DSHS fraud investigators.... Read More

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