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Commentary: Court will have a big say on Legislature’s school shortcomings

It’s finally over. After 177 days, the longest session in state history, the 2015 Legislature has finally gone home for the year. Or has it?…

Guest Opinion: How to make state taxes fairer

With the Legislature, now in its second special session, still fighting about the budget, and with national studies ranking Washington last in a certain measure…

Guest Opinion: Strength in police numbers benefits all of us

Adding police officers would dramatically reduce crime and save public money, according to a report from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. Each additional officer…

Can the Legislature get more done in overtime?

I walked onto the State Capitol campus the other day, expecting to see the bee hive of activity normal during the final days of a…

We can use an old tax trick to improve housing affordability

In the search for solutions to our area’s housing affordability problem, a tax policy we’ve had some experience with should not be overlooked. A number…

Why Bellingham looks better than Seattle

It will be so long to Seattle but not goodbye as I leave my place overlooking Elliott Bay for one overlooking Bellingham Bay in the city where…

Too soon to pull the plug on state auditor

State Auditor Troy Kelley, a Democrat, is under federal investigation, as is a key aide, Jason Jerue, who works from his home in California. Kelley…

Is Legislature playing games with initiatives?

Should we be shocked, shocked! that politics is being played in Olympia? Not really, but sometimes, the political activity can raise an eyebrow — and…

5 ways communities and police can reconnect

You’re in the kitchen. It’s a Saturday morning, still dark outside. Your partner, 3-year-old son, and the family dog are all sound asleep at the…