• Homebuyers in Seattle, Spokane are losing purchasing power, living space

    (The Center Square) – Two Washington state cities – Seattle and Spokane – made Point2Home’s recent study on how much money and space homebuyers have lost in a housing market that is increasingly rough on buyers. To calculate the losses in buying power since last year, the Saskatoon, Canada-based real estate marketplace website reviewed data on the median household income from 200 of the nation’s biggest cities, looking at how much house the median-income homebuyer could afford in...

  • Op-Ed: Limit levy votes to general elections

    Regular elections sit at the heart of American self-governance. They determine our political leaders, define community priorities and civic responsibilities, and ensure that elected officials remain accountable to the people they represent. Special elections, however, too often undermine these benefits, with unusually low voter-turnout representing a small slice of the population that can give special interest groups paying attention to special issues an unhealthy sway. Ohio’s...

  • Washington has 4th most expensive gas nationwide, despite seven-week decline

    (The Center Square) – Despite Washingtonians seeing the seventh straight week of price declines at the pump, the Evergreen State ranks as the 4th most expensive fuel market nationwide. On Monday, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded was sitting at $4.52 statewide, down from $4.67 the week prior, according to AAA data. This 15 cent per gallon decrease improved the rate of decline two cents per gallon over last week’s 13 cent drop. “Gas prices are...

  • Spokane County wraps up rental assistance program, expects to spend $8M

    (The Center Square) – Spokane County is closing the application portal for rental assistance at the end of the month to catch up with a backlog of cases that is expected to drain the final $8 million of available federal funds. Priority will be given to households that have not yet received help with housing and utility costs. Administrators from the Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, or SNAP, briefed Commissioners Mary Kuney, Josh Kerns and Al French on Monday about the...

  • King County to spend $1.7B on public safety after mayors protest

    (The Center Square) – King County’s recently adopted $16.2 billion biennial budget is dedicating $1.7 billion to public safety to reduce a rising crime wave throughout the county. Earlier in August, South King County mayors penned a letter to county and state officials to address the “rising tide of crime and violence in our communities.” They added that their communities have voiced frustrations with the crime surge that they are experiencing throughout King County. ...

  • You can cut down your Christmas tree on federal land with a permit

    (The Center Square) - For some Utahns looking for their family’s Christmas tree, they need look no further than the public lands near their home. Several of the Bureau of Land Management’s field offices offer tree permits for personal use, which some people take advantage of during the Christmas season. The permits are available through Dec. 23 and allow permit holders to cut one personal-use tree per permit on lands managed by the agency and the United States...

  • Ethics Committee continuing investigation into Kahele's campaign finances

    (The Center Square) - The U.S. House Ethics Commission dismissed allegations that Rep. Kai Kahele, D-Hawaii, may have benefited financially from votes he made but is continuing an investigation into possible misuse of his office to promote his campaigns. The report released Monday said that Kahele made "misleading statements" to the staff members with the Office on Congressional Ethics and recommended a subpoena for Kahele. The committee also found that Kahele violated a rule...

  • Workers’ rights case appealed to Supreme Court by Washington think tank

    (The Center Square) — Does an employee have a constitutional right to resign from a labor union at any time? That question could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court if it accepts an appeal filed by Washington state-based think tank the Freedom Foundation. The case in question, Kurk v. Los Rios Classified Employees Association, concerns the enforceability of so-called maintenance of membership requirements in union contracts, which prevent employees from leaving the union except...

  • As Pennsylvania certifies and audits election, lawsuits and a deadlock may slow it down

    (The Center Square) – As Pennsylvania counties submit certified election results to the Department of State, state officials are conducting audits to ensure no mistakes occurred. Counties were to submit their certified results on Monday, and the department will conduct risk-limiting audits to check counties for any errors. Lawsuits and a split county board could slow down certification, however. “The department is aware of several recount petitions...

  • Doug Ducey met with governor-elect Katie Hobbs as Kari Lake protests election results

    (The Center Square) - Arizona Governor Doug Ducey met with his successor, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Wednesday. Hobbs, a Democrat, won a tightly-contested gubernatorial race; her Republican opponent Kari Lake has not yet accepted the election results. "I congratulated Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory in a hard-fought race and offered my full cooperation as she prepares to assume the leadership of the State of Arizona," Ducey tweeted. Hobbs...

  • Illinois quick hits: Police seek crime spree suspects; record complaints made to state inspector; questionable spending reported

    Police seek crime spree suspects Chicago police are searching for a group of teens accused of committing 13 armed robberies during a five-hour crime spree Monday. According to police, suspects exited a vehicle and approached victims on foot while displaying firearms. The victims were robbed at gunpoint of their personal possessions. The robbers are described as two to four Black males in their late teens. Record complaints made to state inspector ...

  • New York doctors urge Hochul to veto wrongful death bill

    (The Center Square) – Medical professionals have joined a coalition of businesses and local elected officials in calling for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to veto a bill that would reform the state’s law for wrongful death litigation, which dates back more than 170 years. Opposition to the bill has grown larger, with two prominent OBGYN’s saying they fear it could impact healthcare in the state.The doctors penned separate guest editorials in The Buffalo News and the Albany Times...