Education Funding Negotiations Begin in Olympia

An education funding plan to address the McCleary lawsuit moved through the state House on Wednesday. But lawmakers in the Democratic-led chamber haven’t yet decided how to pay for the plan, which has a price tag of more than $7 billion over the next four years. The Republican-controlled Senate passed its own plan a couple…

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Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Meets with State Lawmakers

The Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, a nonprofit citizens group that leverages public funds for new local and state parks, wildlife habitat and farmland preservation, had their Legislative Day in Olympia last week. Bob Bugert, Partnerships Director at the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, has been a board member with the Coalition for over 20 years. He said…

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Bills in Olympia Seek to Help NCW Elk, Prevent Wildfires

With lawmakers now in their seventh week of the 2017 legislative session and a deadline last Friday to move bills out of their respective committees, the full picture of legislation likely to pass is starting to take shape. Dan Langager takes a look at some bills that would directly affect humans, animals and landscapes of…

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