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Articles written by Laurel Demkovich For The Washington State Standard

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  • Initiative to prohibit state income taxes has its day in Olympia

    Laurel Demkovich for the Washington State Standard|Mar 7, 2024

    In a packed hearing room on Tuesday, Washington lawmakers heard loud and clear from members of the public that many do not want an income tax in their state, county, or city. 6,000 signed in either for or against a citizen backed initiative that would prohibit state and local governments from imposing a tax on personal income. Almost 90% of those signed were in favor of the initiative. “This initiative is designed to do one thing: codify in law the state’s longstanding tradition of not having an income tax,” initiative sponsor Rep.Jim Walsh...

  • State Senate pitches new spending

    Laurel Demkovich for the Washington State Standard|Mar 7, 2024

    Elementary school children, unhoused residents, electric vehicle owners and soccer fans are all covered in the Washington Senate’s capital budget proposal. Budget writers on Thursday released their $1.3 billion plan, which funds construction and infrastructure projects across the state. It includes new money for affordable housing, K-12 schools and behavioral health facilities, with increases of more than $100 million in each of those areas. Nearly half the money in the plan comes from the state’s new auction of air pollution allowances to busi...

  • Mount Rainier National Park to require reservations at popular entrances this summer

    Laurel Demkovich for the Washington State Standard|Jan 25, 2024

    Many visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will need reservations this summer to enter some of the park's most popular areas. From May 24 through Labor Day, most visitors entering the Nisqually and Stevens Canyon entrances between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. will need to make an online or phone reservation ahead of time. Reservations will also be required at the White River entrance to the Sunrise corridor via State Route 410 from July 3 through Labor Day. The decision to test a new reservation system...