Jerry Cornfield

Guest opinion: State may be in the clear regarding McCleary funding

Is the end truly near in the landmark school-funding case known as McCleary? Democratic state Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self of Mukilteo thinks so. “I’m pleased to… Continue reading

State budget talks produce late-session surprise

One of the bigger surprises of the just-completed legislative session occurred in the final hours when a Democrat-sponsored bill cutting the state property tax rate… Continue reading

Olympia could see significant changes in coming year

Voters will get a chance to really shake up membership in the state Legislature this fall, if they are so inclined. Possibilities for change abound… Continue reading

Guest opinion: State lawmakers looking to roll back their own tax increase

Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote in this space: “This may… Continue reading

Guest column: Despite uncertainty, most school levies make the grade

Many state lawmakers may view what happened on Election Night (Feb. 13) as a sign they didn’t screw things up too badly for their local… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Washington Democrats are active following shift in power

There’s been a noticeable climate change in the state Senate since Democrats regained the majority. A victory in a special election last fall put them… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Fish farm ban comes after years of political wrangling

Not long ago, some of the loudest political voices railing against the danger of farming Atlantic salmon in the waters of Puget Sound came from… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Carbon plan another salvo in state environmental battle

This is the sixth year Gov. Jay Inslee will try to convince lawmakers that the best means of fighting climate change is by making it… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Eyman eyes new challenges in 2018

2017 was a stinky year for Tim Eyman. It ended with a thud in late December when he confessed to not collecting enough signatures to… Continue reading

Gyest opinion: Gov. Inslee gets ‘lump of coal’ in clear air rule ruling

Twenty-seven months ago Gov. Jay Inslee set out to curb emission of carbon pollutants through a sweeping rewrite of the state’s clean air rules. In… Continue reading

Guest opinion: County leaders look to end unfunded mandates

Elected leaders of Washington’s 39 counties are fed up with lawmakers and governors telling them what to do without providing enough money to do it.… Continue reading

Shooting down weapons in the state Capitol

If you come to the state Capitol and want to see lawmakers in action, there are a few rules to follow while sitting in the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: GOP tax plan under close scrutiny

A tax overhaul plan drawn up by Republicans in Congress will be a good deal for many households though not every one, or nearly every… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Despite election wins, reasons for unease among state Democrats

Democrats went to bed last Tuesday confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of the month.… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Plenty at stake in senate election, Hirst decision

Consequences of state lawmakers’ inability to bridge their differences, preventing passage of a capital budget and water rights bill, are far less theoretical these days.… Continue reading

Guest opinion: DeVos’ Washington state visit expected to ruffle feathers

It was going to happen eventually. A top-shelf member of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions, champion her… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: All politics, as the saying goes, are local

There is no shortage of subjects that candidates for local offices can debate in their campaigns this fall. Don’t expect President Donald J. Trump to… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Advisory measures or half measures?

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Districted driving ban includes burgers and fries

The state’s new law targeting distracted drivers sure is irritating folks. What’s riled them is not so much the outright ban on use of any… Continue reading

Guest Opinon: Legislators are on the clock

Wednesday (July 19) arrived with a sense of possibility that lawmakers could solve the two remaining riddles in this year’s legislating marathon. They will need… Continue reading