Local Politics

Senate Passes construction budget

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state senators passed a two-year construction budget that puts more money toward updating schools, mental health facilities and state water services.Senators unanimously approved the capital budget Thursday on a bipartisan vote. Approximately $1.1 billion of the money is expected to go toward constructing, renovating and modernizing K-12 education facilities including small, rural school districts, skill centers and K-3 class-size reduction.

Brown scores major wins for Tri-Cities in Senate capital budget

Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, said today she is pleased that her work to get significant funding for local colleges, historical projects and other key community improvements paid off with more than $40 million in funding for 8th District projects included in the Senate’s proposed capital budget.

Bills aim to aid job seekers with criminal history

Washington state lawmakers are considering measures that would "ban the box," which means certain employers would not be allowed to force an applicant to check a box if they have a criminal history until after the person is determined to be otherwise qualified for the job.

Senate passes $43 billion state budget proposal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Senate has passed a $43 billion two-year state budget proposal that relies, in part, on a statewide property tax earmarked for education, while also making cuts to some social services. 

Oregon Senate approves raising legal tobacco age to 21

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The state Senate has approved raising Oregon's minimum age for tobacco use to 21.The bill approved 19-8 on Thursday now heads to the House. If the proposal is eventually signed by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon would be the third state to increase the legal age for buying and possessing cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.