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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Federal package could drive more than $10B to Washington

The state would get $7.6B for COVID response, schools and child care. Snohomish County is in line for $160M.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Money, drugs, hackers and the wait continues for Phase 3

Here’s what’s happening on Day 47 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Private prisons, police reform and a Black pioneer’s plaque

Here’s what’s happening on Day 45 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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When not at home, Brett Bass keeps his rifle locked in a 600-lb. safe at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonds, Wa. Bass, an NRA certified firearms instructor and safety officer, is one of three Edmonds residents who sued to block the city's safe storage gun law from being enforced. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Appeals court says Edmonds can’t enforce safe storage gun law

State law “unambiguously” pre-empts the city from enacting its own firearm rules, the panel concludes.

When not at home, Brett Bass keeps his rifle locked in a 600-lb. safe at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonds, Wa. Bass, an NRA certified firearms instructor and safety officer, is one of three Edmonds residents who sued to block the city's safe storage gun law from being enforced. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Edmonds, Mukilteo are reopening for some classes next month

As those districts prepare for second-graders, Snohomish joins the study of COVID transmission on campus.

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Soda pop tax surfaces as school reopening battle rages on

Here’s what’s happening on Day 43 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Democrats look to allow noncitizens to serve on school boards

A Senate bill takes aim at a state law requiring anyone seeking elected office to be a citizen.

Robert J. Sutherland (Washington State House Republicans)

Sutherland is a roiling force with his conservative speak

Granite Falls lawmaker gains following with social media posts defending Trump, bashing liberalism.

Robert J. Sutherland (Washington State House Republicans)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with kindergartners in Chelsea Singh's class during a visit to Firgrove Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Students are back in school and all teachers and students are wearing masks. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Inslee signs $2.2 billion COVID relief package

The federal funds will go to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with kindergartners in Chelsea Singh's class during a visit to Firgrove Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Students are back in school and all teachers and students are wearing masks. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
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Scoop: Deal links carbon-fuel standard with transpo package

Here’s what’s happening on Day 40 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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A leaner capital gains tax, a second GOP budget and a $5 fine

Here’s what’s happening on Day 38 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring appeared virtually in front of the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. (TVW)

Arlington, Marysville push state to extend key tax break

City leaders ask lawmakers to back incentive used to attract new businesses to industrial center

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring appeared virtually in front of the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. (TVW)
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Credit scores, Phase 3 and a GOP call to take down the fence

Here’s what’s happening on Day 36 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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A GOP budget, Cantwell makes history and a tax-bill revision

Here’s what’s happening on Day 33 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrives to sign the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Most counties cleared for Inslee’s Phase 2, joining Snohomish

The governor also announced another infusion of aid for struggling businesses, renters and landlords.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrives to sign the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman listens during a session of Thurston County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman, who ran initiative campaigns across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a ruling from Superior Court Judge James Dixon Wednesday that blasted Eyman for using donor's contributions to line his own pocket. Eyman was also told to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Judge fines Eyman $2.6 million for campaign law violations

The serial anti-tax initiative sponsor said he will abide the court’s order but denied he violated “any law.”

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman listens during a session of Thurston County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman, who ran initiative campaigns across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a ruling from Superior Court Judge James Dixon Wednesday that blasted Eyman for using donor's contributions to line his own pocket. Eyman was also told to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Voters overwhelmingly approve fire department annexation

Nearly 90% of city voters backed measure merging city into the North County Regional Fire Authority

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Election workers, vaccine equity and a testy GOP presser

Here’s what’s happening on Day 31 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New law averts big spike in unemployment taxes on businesses

Inslee signed a measure to spread out increases and boost weekly benefit checks for those who are unemployed.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Bothell city manager Jennifer Phillips interacts with Bothell and Kenmore business owners as she gives the State of the City Address at a chamber luncheon. Kailan Manandic, Bothell/Kenmore Reporter (2018)

In Bothell, the city manager is getting $104,000 to retire

A separation agreement would assure Jennifer Phillips six months of severance pay.

Bothell city manager Jennifer Phillips interacts with Bothell and Kenmore business owners as she gives the State of the City Address at a chamber luncheon. Kailan Manandic, Bothell/Kenmore Reporter (2018)