Spokane eyes tougher regulations for Uber, Lyft after outcry from cab companies
With no new rules in sight from the state Legislature, Spokane signed contracts with the popular ride-hailing services last week with the promise city laws would be rewritten. Traditional taxi drivers have been lobbying the City Council to pass rules that put the same, or a similar, regulatory burden on ride-hailing services to keep the market competitive.
New pulp mill planned for southeast Washington will turn straw into commercial product
A pulp mill planned for southeastern Washington will extract cellulose from wheat and alfalfa straw, turning a waste product into a commodity. Columbia Pulp expects to begin operations in late 2018.
Washington has more homeless students than most states, and their numbers keep growing
In a three-year span, when the number of homeless students in Washington grew by 30 percent, the amount of federal funding provided to help homeless students only increased by 8 percent.
Latah blues: Town weighs disincorporation as city government lacks candidates for office
Some residents, including a sitting councilman, have floated the idea of disincorporating the town of Latah and letting the county take over services such as snowplowing and construction permitting.
After just 2 days, there’s already a petition to change distracted driving law
An online petition asking state lawmakers to change Washington’s new distracted driving law had more than 11,500 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
‘Put the cellphone down’ law starts Sunday
Washington becomes one of the toughest states in the country Sunday for people who do anything behind the wheel with their cell phones.
Spokane City Council passes climate change ordinance
The Spokane City Council cemented its plan for combating climate change in city law while also affirming as fact that global warming is at least partially caused by human activity. The council added the city’s 2010 sustainability action plan to city code Monday night in a 6-1 vote. Councilman Mike Fagan cast the lone vote against the measure. The ordinance solidifies Spokane’s commitment to sustainability and fighting climate change, said Council President Ben Stuckart.
How will Washington’s new schools plan affect your property taxes? Depends where you live
About two-thirds of Washington residents live in school districts where property-tax rates are expected to go down under a new plan approved by the state Legislature.
‘Tax the rich!’: Seattle’s new income tax on the wealthy sparks social-media firestorm
Seattle's new income tax on the wealthy is expected to draw a quick legal challenge — and the debate is already raging on the web.
More charter schools to open in Washington state, encouraging new network
Slow to gain approval and stymied by lawsuits, charter schools in Washington are steadily expanding nonetheless.
Seattle income tax on wealthy residents clears City Council committee | The Seattle Times
A Seattle City Council committee has approved a proposed income tax on high-income households. A full council vote is scheduled for July 10.
Washington Legislature passes paid family leave measure :: WRAL.com
With less than an hour to spare, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year $43.7 billion state operating budget in time to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Deal means diplomas for Washington students who failed state tests | The News Tribune
About 2,000 high school seniors who failed a state-mandated biology exam can get their diplomas under a deal reached in the Washington Legislature. The deal also would allow students to appeal the failures of other requirements.
Bill suppresses destructive wildfire cycle | The Spokesman-Review
Failing to properly manage forests and reduce the fuel for fires leads to more intense fires and increased costs down the road.