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…

Reminder: Town Hall for 21st, 32nd District legislators March 23

State legislators from both the 21st and 32nd Legislative Districts are hosting Town Hall meetings on Saturday, March 23. Sen. Marko Liias and Reps. Strom Peterson and Lillian Ortiz-Self will meet 21st District constituents from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mariner High School, 200 120th St. S.W., Everett. Sen. Jesse Salomon and Reps. Cindy Ryu and…

21st District legislators hosting telephone town hall Feb. 28

A telephone town hall meeting hosted by 21st District state legislators will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6-7 p.m. Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the 21st Legislative District. Sen. Marko Liias, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Rep. Strom Peterson will provide constituents with the opportunity to ask questions on issues…

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…

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…

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…