Even as the state of Washington’s revenue picture improves, majority Democrats in the Legislature appear committed to a course that will, one way or another, involve raising taxes this year. Not necessarily to balance a recession-era budget, but instead to reform a tax code they view as regressive and to address gaps and inequities exposed by the global pandemic. Continue Reading Washington State Dems Push For Capital Gains In A Year When ‘Tax’ Doesn’t Seem Like A Bad Word
The Texas blackout is another reminder that more frequent, climate-driven extreme weather puts stress on the country’s electricity grid. It came just months after outages in California aimed at preventing wildfires. Compounding this, electricity likely will be even more important in coming years amid a push to electrify cars and homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That has many grid experts saying it’s time to upgrade the country’s electricity infrastructure. Continue Reading It’s Not Just Texas. The Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade – Including In The Northwest
The big battle will center on the four-year schools: Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College. After JFAC agrees on a number, the higher ed budget will have to get through the House — where hardline conservatives are poised to continue a fight that began last legislative session. It took three tries to get a higher ed budget through the House in 2020, and that’ll work if you’re looking for an over-under for the 2021 legislative endgame. Continue Reading The Showdown Over Higher Education Funding In Idaho Begins At The Statehouse This Week
A third COVID-19 vaccine is on the way, and this one requires only one shot for immunization. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine for emergency use Saturday, a day after a panel of advisers to the agency voted unanimously (22-0) in its favor. Continue Reading FDA Authorizes Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine
With coronavirus infections on a steady, six weeks long descent in the U.S., it’s clear the worst days of the brutal winter surge have waned. Yet researchers are still not sure how sustainable the decline is. And a small but concerning uptick in cases in the last three days has health officials on edge. Continue Reading U.S. Coronavirus Cases Dropped Dramatically Since January, But Can We Keep Them Down?
It reverses the decision by former President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary, David Bernhardt. He had granted the permit to Dwight and Steven Hammond on Trump’s final day in office. The permit gave the Hammonds the right to graze livestock on public land for 10 years. Continue Reading Interior Department Rescinds Grazing Rights For Hammond Family, Reversing Trump Admin’s Decision
Criticizing a session they say is moving too quickly, Republicans refused to attend a floor session of the Oregon House on Tuesday evening. Lawmakers showed up to the House chamber at 6 p.m. with Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, the only Republican in attendance. Continue Reading For 3rd Straight Year, Oregon Senate Republicans Stage Walkout To Stop Legislative Business
Smartphone users who opted in to a test of the West Coast earthquake early warning system got an early taste on Thursday of what is to come. Mobile phones from Seattle to Olympia blared with an alarm for imaginary incoming shaking. The earthquake warning system — already operational in California — will launch for the general public in Oregon on March 11 and statewide in Washington in May. Continue Reading When ‘The Big One’ Hits The Northwest, What Could You Do With A Few Seconds Warning?
In a decision with implications for tens of thousands of cases dating back decades, the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s felony drug possession law because — unlike the laws of every other state — it did not require prosecutors to prove someone knowingly or intentionally possessed drugs. Continue Reading Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down State’s Felony Drug Possession Law
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said none of the state’s regions will revert back to more restrictive COVID-19 requirements under the state’s economic reopening plan under a pause in potential rollbacks the Democratic governor announced Thursday amid dropping case counts. Continue Reading Governor Says No Washington Counties Will Move Back To Phase 1 Of Reopening – Yet
Following a year of frequent armed protests, some of which turned violent, the Washington Senate voted Thursday to ban the open carry of firearms at the state Capitol and within 250 feet of permitted demonstrations anywhere in the state. Continue Reading Washington Senate Votes To Ban Open Carry Of Guns At Capitol And Public Demonstrations
Police recommend hazing charges for two WSU students, including an Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member who acted as a “big brother” to Samuel Martinez, who died in November 2019. Martinez’s family previously sued the fraternity and university. Continue Reading Pullman Police Recommend Misdemeanor Charges In 2019 Alcohol-Related Death Of WSU Student
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