State asks for ideas to help improve child support schedule

Every four years, a federally mandated Child Support Schedule Workgroup made up of parents, advocates and other experts on child support is created to review the Washington State Child Support Schedule. This schedule is used to determine how much parents pay for child support. To make sure that the workgroup hears from everyone on this…

Public comments invited on state proposal to raise ferry fares

Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferries fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its proposal to increase ferry fares over the next two years. The proposed increase must generate $407 million…

1st District State Sen. Guy Palumbo announces resignation

Updated with new details on Palumbo’s plans to take a job with Amazon. Washington State Sen. Guy Palumbo, who represents Mountlake Terrace and Brier in the 1st Legislative District, announced Friday that he is resigning from the Senate, effective immediately. Our online news partner The Seattle Times reported that Palumbo is taking a job with Amazon,…

Reminder: 1st District legislators to host town hall in Bothell March 23

Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby, will host a town hall meeting Saturday, March 23, with his 1st District seatmates, Rep. Derek Stanford and Rep. Shelly Kloba. The meeting will provide a forum for constituents to hear updates on the 2019 legislative session and to ask questions of their lawmakers. “My number-one priority is to represent my constituents…

State extends unemployment safety net to help federal workers impacted by shutdown

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee and Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine Thursday announced an emergency rule allowing federal workers working without pay to receive unemployment benefits. Workers can learn how to apply here. The Employment Security Department has posted data about the estimated number of workers impacted by county, including estimates of lost wages by…

1st District state legislators preview upcoming session

Cascadia College hosted a question-and-answer session with State 1st District legislators on Jan. 9, giving lawmakers an opportunity to preview some of the work they hope to accomplish in the new year. Eric Murphy, president of Bothell-based Cascadia College, served as moderator for the event. The 1st District includes Bothell, part of Mountlake Terrace and Kirkland. State…

Public invited to Q&A session with State 1st District legislators at UW Bothell Jan. 9

The public is invited to attend a question-and-answer session with Washington State 1st District Sen. Guy Palumbo and Reps Shelley Kloba and Rep. Derek Stanford at the University of Washington Bothell, from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Mobius Hall, UW Bothell/Cascadia College. Cascadia College President Eric Murphy will facilitate the discussion. The public is invited…

Drive through downtown Seattle on Hwy 99? It’s closing Jan. 11

At 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, both directions of Highway 99 through downtown Seattle will close for three weeks so crews can realign the roadway into the new tunnel along the Seattle waterfront. If you drive through the area, time is running out to make plans to change your commute patterns during the month of…

Palumbo chosen to lead Senate’s higher education efforts

State Sen. Guy Palumbo, a Democrat who represents the 1st Legislative District, has been chosen by his colleagues to chair the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. “My top priority will be to better align our higher education system with the job opportunities in high-demand fields that exist in our economy today,” Palumbo said….

Edmonds Rep. Strom Peterson co-sponsoring statewide reusable bag legislation

State Rep. Strom Peterson of Edmonds (D-21st District) and Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island announced Wednesday they are introducing companion bills during the January 2019 session of the state legislature to address plastic pollution and recycling contamination due to plastic bags. Called the reusable bag bill, the legislation will build off the existing 23…