washington state

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skid row in los angeles, california
skid row in los angeles, california

The Invisible Asylum

The story of American deinstitutionalization has become familiar. In a long arc—from President Kennedy’s Community Mental Health Act of 1963 to the present—federal and state governments dismantled mental asylums and released the psychiatrically disturbed into the world. Read More ›
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Washington State Capitol Building
Washington State Capitol Building

Washington’s Students are Losing in this Power Struggle

Governor Inslee and Superintendent Reykdal, responsible for K-12 public education throughout Washington State, are personally experiencing the business side of the monster they’ve until now tried to appease — the Washington Education Association (WEA). Read More ›
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Interior of dome in Olympia, WA

Students and Parents Badly Hurt by the Legislature

The 2019 legislature missed out on a big opportunity this year. Instead of working to reform how our schools operate, the legislature took a step backwards by undoing much of the good work that was done in response to the McCleary court ruling just two years ago. Read More ›

Dear Washington State: Don’t Follow California’s Tax Model

I’m one of more than 125,000 people who have moved from California to Washington State in the past three years. Like many of these people, I came to Washington State for its dynamic economy, lower taxes, cheaper cost of living, and the chance to make a better life for my family. I was born and raised in California, but over the past decade started to feel trapped—I saw half of my paycheck disappear in taxes, couldn’t afford a decent house, and worried that I would never make my way up the economic ladder. Read More ›

Education Reform Must Begin With the Legislature Says Former Seattle School Board President

This week, the Legislature begins its deliberations during this short session. The top priority will be “education” and the need to comply with the Supreme Court decisions on charter schools and funding. The charter school issue should be the easier of the two according to Don Nielsen, former Seattle School Board President and author of Every School: One Citizen’s Guide To Transforming Education. Read More ›

Flexible Tolling: The Key To Solving Our Congestion

Transit can’t solve the problem, and we can’t afford to build enough highways. So modern tolling, with prices varied by demand, will be necessary. Here’s a look at how the Legislature is quietly laying the political and conceptual groundwork. Start with the transportation facts of life. Population in the four counties of Central Puget Sound will have grown from the 2008 total Read More ›

Rep. Eddy’s HB 1481 To Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Washington State Rep. Deb Eddy (D-48th) sponsored HB 1481, which passed the legislature in the recently-completed session and has been signed into law. The bill contains numerous provisions to help accelerate the development of electric vehicle infrastructure and the use of electric vehicles in Washington state. This "Green Highways" bill's passage in Washington comes as the Seattle and Portland regions and the entire West Coast are stepping up their commitment to planning for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and a "smart grid" electrical system that can optimally schedule vehicle charging loads, and add capacity for storage of renewable energy to power green vehicles and much more. Here is HB 1481, as passed by the state legislature. Some highlights follow, here. Read More ›

Deep Bored Tunnel Bill Is Signed Into Law – News Round-up

“This was not an easy process, but it’s done. It is done. It is done,” Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said Tuesday afternoon at a signing ceremony for state legislation to replace the elevated highway with a deep-bored tunnel. “Today we end the era of the Viaduct.” Before signing the bill, Gov. Chris Gregoire addressed people who still questioned whether the state could build the Read More ›