Jerry Cornfield

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.

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.

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.

What a surprise: Democrats eye the need for higher taxes

Even with a robust economy, the majority party might seek more revenue to carry out its wish list.

Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas

There are proposals, but no hostile fire over how to provide savings without derailing light rail.

Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted non-candidates, the PDC found.

State panel bumps up pay for lawmakers, governor and judges

Other statewide officeholders will get increases too. Tim Eyman vows to give voters a chance to block them.

Delta neighbors make their pitch to hasten smelter cleanup

Everett residents are asking officials to shorten the timeline for contaminated areas.

3 years in the making: New law on police use of deadly force

Legislators are about to pass a bill making it easier to prosecute cops involved in shootings.

Gov. Jay and President Inslee heard in the same speech

Inslee focused on climate change but also seemed to be testing anthems for a national campaign.

House concealed-guns policy keeps lieutenant governor away

Normally, Cyrus Habib would preside over an annual joint session. But he said he felt vulnerable.

With a slew of new faces, Legislature begins 2019 session

Lawmakers will debate climate change, the mental health system and taxes over the next 105 days.

Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman

The Frank Chopp era will end soon. Everett’s Robinson is among a crowd of women who may seek the job.

An old tax idea is getting resurrected for the new year

The governor is pushing for reform of a real estate excise tax that House Democrats failed to pass.

New idea: Carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

A lawmaker’s statewide plan would remove culverts, redo the U.S. 2 trestle and fund many other projects.

Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for legislators

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

Longshot bid: Inslee is saddling up for a presidential run

With a signature issue and a federal PAC, he is well-positioned for entry into the 2020 contest.

Democrats won big, but party leader could still lose her job

Tina Podlodowski is facing a challenge from Jason Call, who is pushing for a more progressive agenda.

State revenues to reach $50B but new fees or taxes loom

The state has never had so much money to spend on government. Inslee says it is still not enough.

John Koster wonders who cares about ‘The Caravan of Crap’

The ex-lawmaker runs a small state agency, so when he shared that essay on Facebook, people noticed.