Paul Queary

Paul Queary, a veteran AP reporter and editor, is founder of The Washington Observer, an independent newsletter on politics, government and the influence thereof in Washington State.

Olympia Report: Housing, Hospital Execs, Climate and Dead Bills

What your state legislature is up to this session.

Razor’s Edge of a Proposed Public Disclosure Law

The Public Records Act is riddled with exemptions and loopholes.

Big Fight: Raising Taxes to Fund Affordable Housing

The money at both the state and the local levels — more than $700 million per year — would be largely earmarked for affordable housing.

Transitioning: Puget Sound Energy asks State to Limit Its Gas Business

Exactly how those costs of a transition away from natural gas get passed on to the ratepayers figures to be the real sticking point.

Olympia Report: Working Families, Warehouses, Ticket-Gouging

The existing working families tax credit has friends on both sides of the aisle.

In Olympia: Awaiting a Momentous Ruling on Taxes

The capital gains tax was the most consequential piece of tax policy passed in Washington in decades, and the Supremes’ ruling could drastically reshape politics by putting other progressive taxes that have long been illegal here back on the table.

Olympia Report: Inslee Tips His Hand; HOAs; Newspaper Relief

Balked at in Congress, newspapers take their case to Olympia, where AG Ferguson is happy to help.

Seeking a Better Way to Recycle Plastic Garbage; Split Districts

Look for Big Garbage, Big Groceries, and Big Soda to play aggressively here, opposing an onerous solution.

Ferguson’s $4 Million Campaign Stockpile; New Moderate PAC

Gov. Inslee is raising some money, but probably not for another gubernatorial run, while Bob Ferguson has millions left over from early easy races.

Revolving Chairs in the New State Legislature

The Democratic majorities in the Legislature have been pretty green in recent years.