Local Politics

Politics Lawmakers debate whether new taxes are needed in Washington Lawmakers debate whether new taxes are needed in Washington
Leaders of Washington state's Legislature are going to spend the next several months debating whether to raise taxes, or create new ones, in order to answer the Supreme Court's demand to put more money into public schools.
Politics Inslee's pollution solution: tackle water toxics at source Inslee's pollution solution: tackle water toxics at source
Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing legislation to protect state waters by tackling pollution at its source and giving a state agency the authority to potentially ban the worst chemicals in products before they get into the environment.
Politics Kitzhaber defends education budget at Oregon business summit Kitzhaber defends education budget at Oregon business summit
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday defended his proposed budget from critics who say it shortchanges education, telling a crowd of business officials that pouring more money into education won't improve graduation rates or student achievement.