A challenge to the private ferry monopoly on Lake Chelan, James Courtney v. Jeffrey Goltz, was heard Monday, May 6, in federal appeals court in Seattle. Courtney, whose family owns the Stehekin Valley Ranch, has been trying to start a ferry service between Chelan and Stehekin since the late 1990s, and the state won’t let him. [...]
States now collectively spend more on Medicaid (including the federal match) than they do on K-12 education, according to a 2012 report from the National Association of State Budget Officers. Medicare is eroding the federal budget, too. It’s no coincidence that 1993 was when President Bill Clinton took a stab at reforming health care, not just because he felt it was a moral obligation, but because he had also been a governor who had dealt with the impact of medical inflation.
The fiery debate is coming to a head. Will the Washington Legislature agree to pay for its part of the Columbia River Crossing? The more than $3 billion project cost has been scrutinized. The bridge would cost Oregon and Washington $450 million each.
The Washington state Legislature on Sunday passed a no-new-taxes transportation budget that invests in maintaining state roadways and continues spending on existing big-ticket projects but does not fund new ones.
For the first time in state history, the Washington state budget is being written by Microsofties, with company alums chairing both budget committees, writes editorial columnist Sharon Pian Chan.