Washington legislature

Finding Stable Financial Help for Washington Counties

3 hours ago

Rep. Cary Condotta (R-Chelan) joins us to talk about helping Washington counties find the steady revenue sources they need to provide services.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been signing bills that were approved by the legislature during a flurry of action last week. The governor signed a new two-year operating budget just 45 minutes before the new fiscal year began. He has signed an education budget designed to satisfy the state Supreme Court, which has ruled the state has not fully funded basic education. And then yesterday he signed a version of a paid family leave bill that had only partially made its way through the legislative process before resurfacing in a different form last Friday.

Inland Journal, July 6, 2017

Jul 6, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, while last Friday’s budget drama in Olympia drew the most headlines, there was one other interesting debate on the last day of the session. It was about paid family leave, which is now coming to Washington. We’ll hear some of the debate. County officials in Washington are disappointed with the new budget. We’ll hear why. And we’ll go to Coeur d’Alene and talk with state representative Paul Amador. He’ll talk about his first session in Boise.

Washington Governor Signs Paid Family Leave Bill

Jul 5, 2017

Washington Governor Jay Inslee today signed into law a bill that creates a state-run paid family and medical leave insurance program.

The family leave program will allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave during a 12-month period to take care of a newborn or a newly-adopted child. They can be granted leave to care for a sick child or parent or take care of their own health.


Washington’s new budget was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee about 45 minutes before the end of the fiscal year on Saturday morning. Many, including school districts, are happy about it. Schools will get nearly two billion dollars more next year.

But some local governments are unhappy because they didn’t get one of the things they sought most.