Olympia Correspondent, Northwest News Network
Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network.
Since 2004, Austin has covered Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington state Legislature. He also host of TVW's Emmy-nominated public affairs program, Inside Olympia. Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise.
Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Austin is a graduate of Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.
Washington state Senate Republicans and House Democrats are at loggerheads over how to fund schools.
In what has become the new normal, Washington state lawmakers are expected to go into an overtime session because they've been unable to agree on a state operating budget.
The bipartisan proposal failed to get a vote before a key deadline this week.
Washington has one of the highest bars in the nation for charging police officers who use deadly force. They are protected as long as they act in good faith and without malice.
Current Washington law bans texting behind the wheel. But it allows drivers to hold their phone in one hand and drive with the other, as long as the phone isn’t held up to the ear.
It's taken five years, but injured railroad worker Dwight Hauck sees victory at hand. Washington lawmakers are on the verge of requiring new safety...
Time is running out for Washington lawmakers to negotiate a state budget that complies with a Supreme Court ruling to fully fund schools.
Washington lawmakers are working this year to craft a solution to the state's school funding crisis. Much of their work is happening behind the scenes...
Since 2011, Washington’s prison system has deported 339 convicted felons instead of locking them up. The deportations are part of a voluntary program designed to reduce prison costs.
Democrats in the Washington state House have proposed a $3 billion tax package to help fund schools and social services over the next two years. The budget and tax plan unveiled Monday includes a new tax on capital gains.
Washington Senate Republicans are looking for ways to save money on state subsidized child care for low-income families. And they think they’ve found a way.
Washington Senate Republicans have proposed a $5 billion increase in state spending over the next two years, including $1.8 billion more for public schools in an attempt to satisfy a Supreme Court ruling that found the state is not adequately funding K-12 education.
Washington’s 105-day legislative session is more than half over. But the big job of negotiating a new two-year state budget has yet to begin.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling the Republican healthcare plan in Congress “a disaster.” Inslee made his comments Wednesday as new projections on the impact to the state were released.
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Polluting industries in Washington state don't like Gov. Jay Inslee's cap on carbon emissions — and they don't think it's legal.
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Wireless carriers are pushing legislation in Washington state to give them access to power poles, street lights and other public infrastructure for placement of the small antennas.
Washington state school districts will not go over the so-called “levy cliff.” At least not next year.