Jerry Cornfield

Legal age to buy smokes soon to be 21 — except on tribal lands

Inslee is expected to sign the legislation that applies to the sale of tobacco and vaping products.

Whidbey shipbuilder wants a shot at the next ferry contract

Nichols Brothers has been a subcontractor. The state might extend a deal with Portland-based Vigor.

Less spending and fewer new taxes in Senate Democrats’ budget

The $51.9 billion plan avoids capital gains and business tax hike that House Democrats proposed.

Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target.

Delta neighbors may see tainted yards cleaned up sooner

Capital budgets proposed by the House and Senate would quicken dealing with the smelter’s legacy.

House Democrats unveil $52.6 billion budget with new taxes

It boosts spending in schools and mental health care and has a capital gains tax opposed by the GOP.

State patrol collects 1,000 banned bump stocks in buyback

Owners of dozens more turned in their devices knowing the agency had spent its $150,000 allotment.

Higher fares sought to cover $143 million for hybrid ferries

House Dems propose a 6 percent hike this fall plus surcharge increase in the transportation budget.

Are lawmakers ready to cover the tab for prepaid postage?

It will cost the state nearly $5 million so that voters can keep mailing in ballots without a stamp.

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages.

Bill to protect compost operations from lawsuits fails again

This is the third time Cedar Grove sought changes to reduce threat of legal action over bad odors.

It won’t be getting easier for school districts to pass bonds

Republican senators rebuffed an attempt by Democrats to put a supermajority rule up for a statewide vote.

With money in hand, state set to buy up banned bump stocks

Owners can get $150 for each one, but they must surrender them before federal ban kicks in March 26.

Mark your calendar: State is moving its presidential primary

A new law advances election to early March. Voters must pick a party to participate.

Showdown on Inslee’s clean air rule reaches Supreme Court

Justices will consider whether Inslee had authority to impose regulations. A lower court said no.

Jordan Sears in 2017, when he was a write-in candidate for school board. (Contributed photo)

He might be the youngest city council member in the state

Jordan Sears, 19, has been appointed to fill a vacancy in Gold Bar. He’s not new to local politics.

Jordan Sears in 2017, when he was a write-in candidate for school board. (Contributed photo)

He might be the youngest city council member in the state

Jordan Sears, 19, has been appointed to fill a vacancy in Gold Bar. He’s not new to local politics.

No rules barred city’s secret severance payouts, auditors say

But the state suggests that the Mukilteo City Council clear up lines of authority with a new law.

One of three options for the location of a proposed learning resource center at Everett Community College, with the building on the east side of Broadway and the street spanned by a pedestrian bridge. (Everett Community College)

City asks state to fund design of Broadway pedestrian bridge

EvCC is adding buildings across the road and an overpass would make it safer and easier to get there.

One of three options for the location of a proposed learning resource center at Everett Community College, with the building on the east side of Broadway and the street spanned by a pedestrian bridge. (Everett Community College)

Resetting state view on helping those with substance abuse

In opioid epidemic, a lawmaker wants recovery to be on the same pedestal as treatment and prevention.