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Washington legislators make base salary of $52,766 per year

State lawmakers in Washington now draw a base salary of $52,766 per year, in addition to travel outlays of 58 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Washington community college tuitions jumped 37.2% over 15 years

Washington two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $3,362 in 2004-05 to $4,611 in 2019-20, the 32nd largest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Washington governor makes annual salary of $183,072

The governor of Washington now draws a yearly salary of $183,072, the sixth highest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Washington K-12 schools spent $21.3 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Washington spent an estimated $21.3 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 10.7 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Washington children in foster care numbered 11,399 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Washington at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 11,399, a 0.39 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Washington, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Washington is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Murray joins fellow lawmakers in calling for modernization of HIPAA

With public concern rising over the safety of private health information stored on various tech gadgets, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is among those calling for the need to modernize the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Washington K-12 schools paid out $14,027 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Washington spent $14,027 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 18th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

9.7% of Washington residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Washington residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 9.7 percent of the state’s population, the 11th lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Washington offers 121 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Washington number 121, the sixth highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Washington schools get 29.5% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

Nearly 30 percent of Washington public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 10th lowest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Washington reach $7.3 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Washington amount to $7.3 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the 14th highest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Washington averaged $55,693

Teachers’ salaries in Washington averaged $55,693 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 23rd highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Washington reach $7.6 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Washington amount to $7.6 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the eighth highest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Washington’s public pensions are 69.9 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Washington’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 69.9 percent of the total, the 25th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Washington reach $24 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Washington amount to $24 billion, the 13th highest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Longview’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Washington

The Longview metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Washington, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

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