Jerry Cornfield

An old tax idea is being resurrected

With Democrats in charge, it may pass this time around.

 

New idea: Carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

A state Democrat is looking at installing a 10-year, $10 billion transportation package financed primarily with a carbon fee and a gas-tax increase.

 

Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for 2019 session

In an annual rite, lawmakers are already putting bills in the hopper they want to debate next year.

 

Is Inslee prepping for a presidential run?

He may be a long shot, but so were several of our previous presidents.

State revenue is unprecedented, but it’s still not enough

Bargaining agreements, mental health services, homelessness programs and the fight against opioid addiction take a lot of money to fund.

Midterm winners and losers

Those who came out ahead include Big Oil and Big Soda.

Despite booming state economy, expect higher taxes

The “Rainy Day” fund and the McCleary decision is expected to take most of the state revenue.

These 17 people will decide raises for elected officials

A special commission will soon decide salaries for state officeholders, including the governor.

Even with postage paid, voters couldn’t send ballots on time

While those ballots don’t get counted, taxpayers still must pay the Postal Service for delivering them.

A victory they didn’t want means a fight they worked to avoid

De-Escalate Washington needs to restart the machinery of a campaign to pass I-940.

Rumbling and rambling on the way to November

The short columns for the upcoming mid-terms.

Firearms purchase warning ballot measure waiting approval

Back in 1965, with mounting evidence of the ill effects of smoking, Congress decided every pack of cigarettes should come with a few words of… Continue reading

Mental health competency delays cost state millions

Soon, some of those languishing lengthy periods behind bars might need to be released and charges against them dismissed.

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in 2020

Last week the state Democratic Party signaled a greater ope nness to allocate delegates ba sed on the results of the prim ary rather than caucuses, whic h it’s never done before.

State Dems may abandon caucus chaos in time for 2020

Washington also is considering becoming more significant by moving its primary to early March.

Initiative signatures are the new greenbacks

As of Wednesday, June 6, petitions for four statewide initiatives were getting circulated.

Public record battle brings in a mediator

A taskforce is also being put together, but it’s not clear who will be on it.

State money for postage-paid ballots might not be enough

Snohomish County gets $166,000, but if turnout is high this year, it might cost more.

What will Inslee do in 2020?

His political machine is running full steam.

Eyman risking retirement funds on car tab initiative

Will the $500,000 investment be enough to get the initiative on a ballot?