Washington State Legislature

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Steve Scher talks with Linda Grant, CEO of Evergreen Manor, about potential funding cuts to drug treatment programs for low-income patients in Washington state. Evergreen Manor is a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment center in Everett.

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

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David Hyde talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about her request to Governor Jay Inslee and state lawmakers to share a portion of future tax revenue from legal marijuana.

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David Hyde talks with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the transportation tax bill.

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike, but he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sets things straight after a reversal of police misconduct cases kicked up some dust.

State lawmakers reach a compromise over whether student test scores should factor in teacher evaluations, and the City Council regulates Seattle's ridesharing companies.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Washington Governor Signs The Real Hope Act

Feb 27, 2014
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Washington is now the fourth state in the nation to give college students who are in the country illegally access to state-funded financial aid.

The final two weeks of the Washington legislature may come down to a battle over tax breaks.

Minority Democrats in the Washington Senate want to tax oil refineries, bottled water, prescription drug resellers and out-of-state shoppers.

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks -- mostly for businesses.

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Ross Reynolds checks in with Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison to talk about the state of the GOP in Washington and her plans for leading the party into the future.

Suicide Prevention: 'Give Message Of Support And Challenge The Stigma'

Feb 24, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with Jennifer Stuber, a supporter of the legislation to educate primary care providers on identifying signs of suicidal behavior. Stuber, whose husband killed himself in 2011, believes that training health care professionals could save lives.

Olympia Washington State Legislature
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The definition of bullying in Washington could be expanded to include any act of "emotional harm" against a student.

State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on this potentially controversial revision to the state’s anti-bullying law.

A late vote in the Washington legislature has the children of immigrants cheering - literally.

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