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Washington voters will likely get to weigh in on police use of deadly force. A ballot measure on that subject turned in around 360,000 voter signatures Thursday afternoon. That should be more than enough to qualify for consideration by the Washington Legislature and then probably go to the statewide ballot in 2018.
Northwest states are among the fastest growing in the country. And according to the latest census figures, it’s gaining people more than twice as fast as the national average. Migration to the region—rather than births—made up the bulk of population growth.
Home prices continued to climb in Seattle and Portland at some of the fastest rates in the country this year. The latest data show Seattle is still the nation’s hottest market. According to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index , the price of a typical single family home in Seattle rose twice as fast as the national average this year—nearly 12 percent. In Portland, home prices increased more than 6.5 percent.
Workers in Washington are about to get a new benefit. Starting January 1, the state will require all employers to provide paid sick leave. It’s part of a law passed by voters in 2016 that also raises the state’s minimum wage.
The Trump administration is suspending efforts to bolster the grizzly bear population in Washington’s North Cascades. That would leave this part of the mountain range with fewer than ten of the imperiled bears.
Nostalgia is flowing freely in the skies this week as Delta Air Lines takes its remaining Boeing 747 jumbo jets on a farewell tour. They're the last of the iconic jumbos in U.S. passenger service. The swan song stopped at Delta's main hubs, including SeaTac. It also landed at the jet’s birthplace, Boeing's wide body assembly plant in Everett.
The train ride from Seattle to Portland usually takes almost 4 hours. Amtrak passengers were supposed to be beneficiaries of a multimillion-dollar project aimed at making the trip a little faster. Instead, on Monday morning, they became victims.
The legalization of marijuana in Washington has been terrific for the state’s coffers. According to the Department of Revenue, marijuana retailers totaled $1.2 billion in sales during fiscal year 2017. That’s about $4.8 million a day. The state’s share of that, in taxes, was about $227 million for the fiscal year.
A brand new feasibility study of bullet train service between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC , puts a sky-high price tag on construction costs. But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signaled he's not deterred and is asking the Legislature to pay for further study.
Officials in Spokane want to take on campaign finance reform. A proposed ordinance before the City Council on Monday was meant to limit the influence of money in local politics. It’s similar to legislation that’s likely to be proposed at the state level next year.
In early 2018, a group of Washington drivers will be keeping close tabs on the number of miles they drive and how much they spend on gas. They will be part of a pilot program to test out a proposed pay-by-the-mile road tax, similar to what Oregon rolled out in 2015.
A high-level administrator at the Oregon Department of Education was accused of sexual harassment last year. Despite being found to have done some of the things he was accused of, he remains in a leadership position in a key state agency.