Washington Ledge

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature.Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

 

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:55 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Construction Cranes A Towering Sign Of Economic Recovery

Salem-based Morrow Equipment currently has more than 60 cranes deployed throughout the Northwest -- most of them in Seattle.
Morrow Equipment

According to numbers out Wednesday, the number of people out of work and looking for jobs is returning to pre-recession levels in the Northwest.

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Government and Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Inslee Says $1.4 Billion Tax Package No Longer Needed

Visitor7 Wikimedia

One day after the state got a favorable revenue forecast, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he no longer believes the $1.4 billion tax package he proposed in December is necessary.

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Health and Medicine
5:57 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Mental Health Funding A Key Issue For Washington Budget Writers

Washington state says it needs more hospital beds to help bring wait times for mentally ill jail inmates down.
National Institute of Mental Health

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed several new mental health laws in recent days. The question is whether they will be funded.

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Government and Politics
4:49 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Marijuana, Real Estate Boost Washington Revenue Forecast

Members of the Washington Revenue Forecast Council include chief budget writers Andy Hill, a Republican, and Ross Hunter, a Democrat. They sat next to each other for the latest forecast, but were far apart in their view of the numbers.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Marijuana sales and a recovering housing market should help boost Washington tax collections by more than $300 million over the next two years.

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Government and Politics
2:27 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Hope For Good News In Early Revenue Forecast

The Washington legislature's 30-day special session is more than half over.
WSDOT Flickr

Washington’s 30-day special session is more than half over and there is still no sign of a budget deal.

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Health and Medicine
2:15 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

After 7 Months In Jail, Washington Man Found Not Competent For Trial

Thomas Hawk Flickr

Mentally ill inmates continue to languish in Washington jails despite a recent federal judge’s ruling that the practice is unconstitutional.

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Health and Medicine
5:18 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

'Joel's Law' Signed Allowing Families To Petition For Involuntary Commitment

Doug and Nancy Reuter stand next to Governor Jay Inslee as he signs ''Joel's Law'' named after their son who was killed by police during a psychotic episode in 2013.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

It’s been nearly two years since Joel Reuter fired a pistol from his condo balcony and was shot to death by Seattle police. Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee signed “Joel’s Law.”

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