Inslee announces plan to break up large state mental health facilities into smaller/private institutions

https://www.heraldnet.com/northwest/inslee-announces-new-push-to-improve-mental-health-system/

http://archive.is/gAU1t

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Gov. Inslee signs supplemental budget boosting K-12 spending, one-time property tax decrease for 2019

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/gov-inslee-signs-supplemental-budget-boosting-k-12-spending/

http://archive.is/BGA7e

State legislature divided over pro-union bills SB 6199 and SB 6079

SB 6199, would restructure how the state Department of Social and Human Services works with tens of thousands of home health care workers by contracting them under a private vendor. The bill would also create an administrative board made up of agency employees, union representatives, and staff from the governor’s office, which would set the rate paid to the contractor, and, thus, the workers.

SB 6079, would exempt public employees from public disclosure requests. Senate Democrats and Democratic Governor Jay Inslee claim that the bill aims to protect the privacy of public employees from harassment or identity theft.

Senate Republicans argue that both bills were requested by SEIU 775 — a labor union representing around 30,000 home-health care workers in Washington. They say the requested policy changes are an effort by the union to maintain its membership base in the face of a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated laws requiring public employees to pay union fees even if they are not a member.

www.kirklandreporter.com/northwest/a-fight-over-the-role-of-unions-erupts-in-olympia/

http://archive.is/KJflQ

Behind the scenes of the governor’s veto of the public records bill, SB 6617

http://www.kirklandreporter.com/northwest/behind-the-scenes-of-the-governors-veto-of-the-public-records-bill/

http://archive.is/SEQ35

Governor’s Results Washington Initiative: Housing and Homelessness

Data from the state on housing and homelessness.

Washington is #5 in homelessness behind Oregon, California, New York, Hawaii.

Data shows that the main cause of homelessness is housing supply, and though addiction is a problem it is not the main factor.

https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018021201

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