Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Nashville mourns six dead in the latest mass shooting, the EPA takes public input on a proposal to clean up Pennsylvania's drinking water, and find ways to get more Zzz's during Sleep Awareness Month.


A shooting leaves six dead at a school in Nashville, the White House commends Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to pause judicial reform, and mayors question the reach of state and federal authorities over local decisions.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Gov. Inslee's State of the State Covers WA's 'Multifaceted' Challenges


Wednesday, January 11, 2023   

Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State speech on Tuesday to open up the 2023 legislative session, touching on a wide range of issues he wants to see lawmakers address.

After two years of virtual addresses, Inslee delivered his State of the State in person to the Legislature.

The Executive Director of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center Misha Werschkul said families have a number of concerns on their plates as lawmakers meet in Olympia.

"The challenges are multifaceted and layered," said Werschkul. "He spoke about housing and behavioral health, climate change. All of those are incredibly important areas that are impacting all of our everyday lives."

The legislative session lasts 105 days and began on Monday.

Among the biggest proposals Inslee introduced was a $4 billion referendum that would increase the speed of housing construction to address the affordability crisis.

Inslee noted the state's Housing Trust Fund is an important tool to boost supply, but isn't enough money for the current scale of the shortage.

Werschkul said the referendum is a bold policy measure.

"What he's talking about is really something much bigger," said Werschkul, "something in the billions of dollars, something that requires a public vote - that is going to have a real impact."

The governor praised lawmakers for passing the Working Families Tax Credit, which will send as much as $1,200 to more than 400,000 Washington families starting next month.

Werschkul said she also sees the policy as an accomplishment for the state and hopes lawmakers will expand eligibility for the program this session.

"So that younger adults and older adults can actually access that as well," said Werschkul, "and can make sure that the program really works as intended to get people the money that they're eligible for."

The session is scheduled to end on April 29.

get more stories like this via email
Black Americans are the most likely to suffer from insufficient sleep. (ChadBridwell/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

March is Sleep Awareness Month and health experts say Americans are not getting enough of it. United Health Foundation data found more than 32% of …


Environmental groups are seeking greater input as California puts the finishing touches on its application to become a hub for hydrogen fuel productio…

Social Issues

160 years ago, Civil War soldiers were awarded the first Medals of Honor. Now, a Medal of Honor Monument will soon be built on the National Mall in …

A 2021 Congressional report said tens of thousands of COVID-19 infections, as well as hundreds of worker deaths, were traced to meatpacking plants in the United States at the onset of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The meat processing industry continues to face scrutiny over labor practices in states like Minnesota. Proposed legislation would update a 2007 law…

Social Issues

New findings suggest health effects stemming from child maltreatment can be passed on to the next generation. In South Dakota, leaders in early-…

The average annual pay for a fast-food worker in the U.S. is $27,040 a year, or approximately $13.00 an hour, according to ZipRecruiter. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle will pay workers at its former location in Augusta, Maine as part of a settlement over labor law violations…


One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional …


Congress is considering three bills that would sidestep the Endangered Species Act to de-list the Northern Continental Divide and Yellowstone grizzly …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021