Rep. Timm Ormsby

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Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court ruling that struck down the car tabs initiative has brought relief to the people who look for money for transportation projects.

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs calls the decision “a big win for the city.” He says it can continue to charge vehicle owners a $20-a-year to fund street and pedestrian improvements.

Local legislators say the ruling puts a spotlight on the need to find new ways to fund transportation projects.

Courtesy of Timm Ormsby

Rep. Timm Ormsby [D-Spokane] is running for re-election to the Washington state House in the Third Legislative District. His opponent is Republican Bob Apple, who hasn’t answered our requests for an interviews.

Doug Nadvornick asks Ormsby’s positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Timm Ormsby and Dave Lucas

And now to Spokane’s Third Legislative District, where longtime Spokane state legislator Timm Ormsby faces a challenge from south Spokane neighborhood leader Dave Lucas.
Dave Lucas is a retired Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He retired as a lieutenant colonel. In 2013, he and his family moved to Spokane.

“In the Marine Corps, when you move somewhere, as soon as you pull in and the moving trucks start unloading, the neighbors just descend on you with welcoming, gifts, points of contact, suggestions. When I moved in the neighborhood, we didn’t really have that,” Lucas said.

Timm Ormsby

Ballots will be sent out soon to Washington voters. They’ll be asked to choose from candidates in the August 7 primary election. The top two candidates in each race will advance to the November general election. During the next four Inland Journals, we’ll hear from some of the candidates in Spokane County and state legislative races.

Today, we’ll focus on the Third District House race between Democratic Representative Timm Ormsby, who has held the seat since 2003, and Republican challenger Dave Lucas.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a new two-year state budget that promises significantly more money for public schools. The governor’s action capped a remarkable final day of the 2015-17 biennium.

Legislative budget writers announced mid-week that they’d come to agreement on a state operating budget and an education budget. It didn’t leave them much time to move the budget through the required process before the end of the fiscal year at midnight Saturday.

And so Friday was a busy day.