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A Washington House committee put civics education on its agenda on Tuesday. It held hearings on three bills that would give education about citizenship and government a greater role in the state’s schools.

During a public hearing Tuesday, businesses said on a proposed carbon tax in Washington state would cost jobs and hurt the state’s economy.

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said 2.7 million acres of state land is in poor health and some of that is at risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would let state workers keep the frequent flyer miles they earn while traveling on official business. The measure passed the Senate Tuesday.

Lawmakers Hear Bill to Help Rural Schools' Finances

Mar 13, 2017
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A Washington House committee heard testimony Monday on a proposal that would help the bottom lines of struggling rural school districts.

For decades, districts with federal forests nearby have received some of the money from timber harvests on that federal land. That was part of the arrangement when the national forest system was created. That helps to offset the fact that the districts receive no state or local property tax money from land owned by the federal government.

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