Josh Kelety

State Legislature passes last minute budget deal and property tax cut

The plan includes $1 billion for public education and $400 million in tax cuts for property owners

 

A behind the scenes look at the late-night veto of the public records bill

How negotiations between the governor’s office, lawmakers and media organizations stopped the controversial legislation

 

Lawmakers go into damage control with backlash over public records bill

OLYMPIA — Following last week’s rapid-fire vote on a bill to exempt the Legislature from state public records laws, lawmakers are going into damage control… Continue reading

 

Governor vetoes controversial public records bill | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - In a down-to-the-wire decision, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a controversial bill that would have immediately exempted the state Legislature from public disclosure law… Continue reading

Inslee’s carbon tax bill dead in the water

Senate sponsor said the bill is one to two votes short out of committee.

Democratic lawmakers unveil conflicting budget proposals

Senate and House Democrats are at odds over education funding and how to cut property taxes.

Lawmakers go into damage control with backlash over public records bill

OLYMPIA — Following last week’s rapid-fire vote on a bill to exempt the Legislature from state public records laws, lawmakers are going into damage control… Continue reading

Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the state Senate

After passionate floor debate, the bill moves to the state House

State Senate pushes its own car tab tax reduction

Proponents say it will bring relief to taxpayers and maintain transit funding.

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

Gov. Inslee proposed a $20 per ton of emitted carbon tax.

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

Pilot project would partner mental health professionals, local law enforcement officers

Capital Budget approved; millions allocated for Kitsap projects

But affordable housing across the state still threatened

Bills would limit opioid prescriptions, invest in treatment options

But some pain sufferers are worried about losing access to medication they need