Jerry Cornfield

Shutdown looms over state budget negotiations | The Petri Dish

There’s nothing quite like the threat of a government shutdown July 1 to infuse urgency into negotiations on a new state budget.

Lawmakers still wrestle with education funding | The Petri Dish

Eight lawmakers entrusted with drafting a school funding plan in line with the tenets of the state constitution and dictates of the Supreme Court won’t complete their task this year.

Governor, lawmakers meet to discuss budget | The Petri Dish

There was no pomp or ceremony on Thursday when Gov. Jay Inslee sat down with the Democrat and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to talk budget.

Public schools bear burden of underfunding, perception of failing

Public schools are not just underfunded by the state as Washington’s Supreme Court has made abundantly clear.

State lawmakers are up for a raise in the next two years.

Gains, losses during never-ending session | The Petri Dish

The session that would never end is still not over.

Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right.

When the state’s duly elected auditor disappears while in office does anyone notice beyond the shadow of the Capitol dome?

No one but Troy Xavier Kelley knows how long he will be the state auditor of Washington.

Should county, cities get piece of marijuana pie? | The Petri Dish

The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical.

Back from Paris, Inslee aims to tackle carbon pollution | The Petri Dish

Nothing like a few days away from the office to get one’s spirit rejuvenated and energy recharged.

What may distract, engage lawmakers this year | The Petri Dish

With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws.

They’re talking McCleary again, but that won’t be enough | The Petri Dish

Fines are mounting against the state for not having a plan to ensure public schools are adequately funded.

State’s struggle with charter schools | The Petri Dish

Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right.

Troy who? Auditor’s office keeps going under steady hand | The Petri Dish

When the state’s duly elected auditor disappears while in office does anyone notice beyond the shadow of the Capitol dome?

Teachers miffed over lawmakers’ raise | The Petri Dish

State lawmakers are up for a raise in the next two years.

State auditor doesn’t have much choice: Tough it out or quit | The Petri Dish

No one but Troy Xavier Kelley knows how long he will be the state auditor of Washington.