Jerry Cornfield

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

 

Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

If drivers paid even more, I-405 toll lanes might speed up

A report recommends lifting the maximum toll of $10 and varying it by segment traveled.

 

Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state

For example, no money has been provided to install, maintain and clear out required ballot boxes.

 

Providence Hospital in Everett at sunset Monday night. Officials Providence St. Joseph Health Ascension Health reportedly are discussing a merger that would create a chain of hospitals, including Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, plus clinics and medical care centers in 26 states spanning both coasts. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Merger would make Providence part of health care behemoth

Providence St. Joseph Health and Ascension Health are said to be talking. Swedish would also be affected.

Providence Hospital in Everett at sunset Monday night. Officials Providence St. Joseph Health Ascension Health reportedly are discussing a merger that would create a chain of hospitals, including Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, plus clinics and medical care centers in 26 states spanning both coasts. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Democracy, voters are just not that into you

Hotly contested races in Everett, Snohomish and Mukilteo did not spur much interest.

Candidates for appointment to the 39th District state Senate seat. From left: Georgene Faries, Elizabeth Scott and Keith Wagoner.

GOP nominates 3 to fill vacant seat in state Senate

A special meeting to make the appointment is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

Candidates for appointment to the 39th District state Senate seat. From left: Georgene Faries, Elizabeth Scott and Keith Wagoner.

Agency lays out the pros, cons of legalizing home marijuana

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board does not recommend which path to take for home growing.

Firearms banned from state Senate gallery during sessions

You can still bring a gun to the House gallery, though.

He traded Olympia for ‘amazing honor’ in Trump administration

Former state Sen. Kirk Pearson is now a state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Local foes of federal tax plan raise their voices in protest

A new analysis by a nonpartisan government group found the Senate version benefits only the wealthy.

Hans Dunshee lands new political gig in the nation’s capital

The ex-county and state lawmaker is now political director for the national Humane Society.

Sen. Hobbs gets a key role in state transportation policy

The Lake Stevens Democrat will chair the Senate Transportation Committee.

Voters to consider $330M for new school, more classrooms

The Feb. 13 ballot in Everett will have a bond measure for a high school and a property tax levy.

Five Republicans seeking open state Senate seat

Kirk Pearson resigned earlier this month to accept a job in the Trump administration.

Everett mayor’s election was close from start to finish

Tuohy’s narrow lead shrank as later ballots were counted; Franklin is prevailing by just 1.2 percent.

Mayoral candidates Judy Tuohy (left), at a National Night Out event in Everett, and Cassie Franklin (right) celebrating the primary election night in Everett, on Aug.1. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

198 votes and 7 reasons may help explain Everett mayor’s race

The historic election had it all, from a lackluster party to a spoiler candidate to a bad headline.

Mayoral candidates Judy Tuohy (left), at a National Night Out event in Everett, and Cassie Franklin (right) celebrating the primary election night in Everett, on Aug.1. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Is the state Transportation Commission irrelevant?

A report says the citizen panel often is ignored, and its duties overlap with the Transportation Department.

This weekend, go when roads and ferries aren’t laborious

Hordes of vacationers will hit the road Friday for the long Labor Day weekend. That means you should expect greater congestion on highways… Continue reading

School districts ask court to halt Dorn lawsuit

EVERETT —Five of Washington’s largest school districts, including Everett, want to put the brakes on a lawsuit challenging their use of local levies on teacher… Continue reading

GOP’s probe of Planned Parenthood ends, but fight continues

A politically contentious investigation by Congressional Republicans into the practices of Planned Parenthood and procuring of fetal tissue for research quietly concluded this… Continue reading