Government

food bank volunteer
U.S. Department of Agriculture

To complement our series Seattle’s Homeless: No End In Sight, we asked organizations who work with homeless people around King County to participate in an online survey. 

We wanted to know – direct from the people who do this work every day – what is most challenging about providing services for the homeless right now? And what, perhaps, do outsiders misunderstand about the work?

A selection of responses we received are published below; some have been edited for brevity.

The Washington House is expected to vote this week on a $12 per hour minimum wage.

In January, the Washington state Senate adopted a rule requiring that new taxes pass the Senate by a two-thirds vote. Monday Lt. Governor Brad Owen tossed it out.

Owen said the super majority threshold runs afoul of the state constitution. Owen pointed to a 2013 Washington Supreme Court ruling that overturned a voter-approved super majority requirement for tax hikes.

The Republican-led Washington Senate Monday approved a nearly 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase phased in over three years.

Jay Julius is a member of the Lummi Tribe and an outspoken defender of his people's fishing rights
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Jeannie Yandel talks with Bob Anderson, director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, about a dispute over fishing rights which went to the federal court in Seattle Monday.

The Makah, the Quileute, and the Quinault Nations disagree over who has the right to fish in territories off the west coast of Washington.

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins and state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, about a possible transportation package in the legislature. 

Reporter Dominic Holden at his going-away roast after departing The Stranger,  Nov. 1, 2014. Holden submitted a complaint to the SPD after an incident in July 2013.
Joe Mabel

In the summer of 2013, Seattle journalist Dominic Holden, a reporter for The Stranger, filed a complaint with Seattle’s Office of Professional Accountability, saying a police officer tried to harass and intimidate him. The OPA sustained his complaint, saying the officer had broken rules on professional courtesy and deserved a one-day suspension without pay. The case was closed.

Then in February last year, Holden heard indirectly that the officer had appealed the finding. Interim SPD Chief Harry Bailey had reached a settlement with the officer in which the misconduct finding was, in fact, reversed.

KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Changes are afoot at King County Metro. Bus fares went up over the weekend by 25 cents. Bus drivers started accepting the county's new reduced fare cards, called ORCA Lift. And Metro's gone on a hiring spree as it gears up to fulfill Seattle's custom order, approved by voters last fall, for 10 percent more bus service.

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

When temperatures rise this spring, you're bound to hear the occasional sad tale of a dog locked in a hot car in the sun.

Students study in a Singapore Starbucks.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Yoonsun Choi, University of Chicago professor, about the "model minority" myth and why lumping Asian students in one category makes it harder for people to succeed. 

Pike Place Market
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In Holland, a woonerf is a living street. In Seattle, a woonerf is confusing – by design. We’ll explain. Also, should we build a new Sodo sports arena even without an NBA team? What's the right amount of paid parental leave? And, would you eat your coffee cup?

Bill Radke recaps the week’s top stories with The Stranger’s Eli Sanders, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

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