That’s not right: McCleary isn’t a menu to pick and choose from

Many cheered in 2012 when the state Supreme Court issued its K-12 funding ruling in the McCleary case. Today, some of the groups that hailed it at the time seem to be suffering from selective amnesia. The McCleary decision is a three-legged stool, but that message has been lost. The court ruled that K-12 funding […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can the state ban public mask-wearing?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a bill introduced by state Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) that would prohibit the wearing of masks in public. The legislation is a response to May Day protests and similar situations. “I really believe that people, when they hide their identity, are more likely to commit a crime,” […]

McKenna on KIRO: Oregon engineer fined for saying he’s an engineer

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the case of Mats Järlström of Beaverton, Oregon, who appealed a red light camera ticket, noting problems with the yellow light timing. He brought the issue to the attention of the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying. The board was not only uninterested, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Could Mayor Murray sue for defamation?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the accusations made against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and, if Murray is innocent, what legal recourse he could take. The mayor announced this week that he will not run for re-election. Rob explained that a famous Supreme Court case, 1964’s New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, sets […]

McKenna on KIRO: Seattle city council wants an income tax

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Seattle City Council’s drive to pass a city income tax. Advocates of a state income tax are trying to pass an income tax somewhere in Washington to set up a test case at the state Supreme Court. Dave Ross: “We should just say up front, you […]

McKenna on KIRO: Odors that violate your property rights

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit by a Marysville man over compost odors. Attorneys for James Moffat alleged that smells from Cedar Grove’s composting facility in Everett interfered with his enjoyment of his property. A Snohomish County jury found in favor of Cedar Grove earlier this month. Dave Ross: “Somebody still […]

McKenna on KIRO: New law lets A.G. target higher drug prices

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a bill just passed by Maryland’s legislature that would allow the state’s attorney general to ask drug companies for an explanation if a drug’s price is dramatically raised. The company could then be taken to court, where a judge could reverse the price hike. Dave Ross: “So […]

Inslee conveys that our rural areas’ concerns aren’t very important

Our state’s rural areas have been left in the lurch by the state Supreme Court’s 2016 Hirst decision that greatly raises costs on wells for homes. Critics of the decision have complained that the court has stepped beyond its proper role and is acting like a policy-setting body. The court’s decision effectively halted homebuilding in […]

McKenna on KIRO: Bertha emerges, but what about cost overruns?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about who will be on the hook for the Bertha tunnel boring machine’s cost overruns. Bertha completed its long journey this week, starting a new phase in the viaduct replacement project. Rob McKenna: “Keeping in mind, this is the biggest earth-pressure balance machine – or closed-face boring machine – […]

The lie that a capital gains income tax is really an excise tax

In their ongoing quest for “progressivity,” House Democrats in Olympia announced new taxes to pay for their budget proposal, which spends more than the Senate Republicans’ budget. Notably absent was any sort of carbon tax. Despite a Democrat-controlled House and a governor anxious to sign anything with the word “carbon” in it, the votes just […]