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1. The Everett Herald reports that—no surprise at this point—the Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature, prodded along by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, failed again yesterday to reach agreement on a statewide transportation revenue package.

The sticking points between Democrats in the House and the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus in the Senate include how much to spend on new roads projects (the MCC wants to devote the majority of its proposed $12.3 billion package to new roads, while the House Democrats want to dedicate more to maintenance, transit, and bike and pedestrian safety improvements) and whether to divert funding from the Model Toxics Control fund, which pays to clean up toxic sites, into stormwater cleanup for road retrofits.

Gov. Inslee has said he will hold another special session this year to pass a transportation package if it looks like both sides can agree on a list of projects. 

2. The King County Council will consider a resolution banning the transportation and burning of coal in Washington state, KPLU reports—joining Seattle and several other anti-coal jurisdictions. 

King County Council member Larry Phillips, head of the council's transportation committee, tells the public-radio station, "I think it’s getting increasingly difficult to ignore or avoid, or otherwise deny this issue if you’re at all observant of weather patterns here and around the world." 

3. Is your neighborhood in a "Super Zip" code—one in which most residents are wealthier than average and college-educated?

Find out at the Washington Post, which has mapped out the nation's Super Zips, many of which are in Seattle, and where, the Post reports, residents are more likely to go without encountering anyone of differing demographics. 

4. Former Senate Democratic Campaign Committee executive director Michael King was sentenced today to 25 and a half months, half of it on the state's equivalent of parole, for embezzling as much as $330,000 from the Party, the Seattle Times reports today.

We first reported on King, who stole the money to pay for his gambling and drinking habits,  back in February.  

5. Civil Eats reports that some restaurants in Portland are charging customers a surcharge for their workers' health care—a seemingly unfair tax on restaurant clients, but one that's a little more nuanced than it seems: The charge is being led by restaurants that already provide health care to their employees, but worry that they'll no longer be able to do so at a time when health-insurance premiums are soaring. And the main restaurant Civil Eats profiles provides insurance (albeit a high-deductible plan) to all employees who work at least 16.5 hours a week. 

 

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