As I reflect on the work we completed during this year’s legislative session, I can’t help but think back to my first year in the state Legislature in 2009 when we entered the session with a budget deficit of nearly $6 billion hanging over our heads.
With Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles in the Ukraine and thumbing his nose at the United States and rest of the world, what happens if he gives our astronauts the boot? We’d be up the creek without a paddle. Our shuttles were hauled off to museums.
Millions of unemployed college graduates are back where they started, living with their parents. Upon receiving their diploma, they find themselves saddled with crushing student loan debt and unable to find a job.
You may notice the daily media briefings on the Oso mudslide getting shorter and tenser with less said and more questions asked.
No one could be happier to see state lawmakers wrap up and head home than Gov. Jay Inslee.
Norilsk is Russia’s most polluted city. It reminds you of an America mining town a century ago. It is pockmarked with tall smoke stacks belching out nearly 500 tons each of copper and nickel oxides a year, along with two million tons of sulfur dioxide, a key ingredient in acid rain.