It’s sometimes called the “real” unemployment rate and it’s always the number preferred by out-of-power politicians who use it as proof that the economy isn’t as good as the incumbent president or governor says it is.
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Benton County commissioners on Wednesday said they won't sign an agreement that could lead to creating a public water bank system in the Yakima River Basin.
Even a tiny bit of forward movement on any issue seems like a lot when budget negotiations in Olympia are stuck in neutral. So it’s significant that lawmakers are talking about “agreement” on transportation taxes, even if what is agreed upon is not exactly clear.
State lawmakers are currently debating a House proposal that could generate billions in new transportation spending over the next 12 years. This story is the first in a four-part series that looks at whether the proposal on the table really meets the needs on the street.
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. [...]