Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) 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 is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. 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.
Billionaire Paul Allen wants wildlife traffickers to feel a bit more pain. Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman wants state lawmakers to feel a bit...
People who knew Antonio Zambrano-Montes said he had been sad and depressed in the months before his death in Pasco, Washington. He was shot in February...
The Washington state Senate Wednesday morning failed to muster a two-thirds vote to suspend a voter-approved class size measure. That could put a $2...
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year budget into law just before midnight Tuesday averting a partial government shutdown.
Oregon shoppers and bottled water will remain untaxed in Washington's next two-year budget, but a couple of other tax exemptions will be eliminated.
Washington's gas tax would go up nearly 12 cents per gallon to fund road projects under a deal struck between Democrats and Republicans.
Recreational marijuana buyers would pay a flat 37 percent pot tax, plus sales tax, under a proposal headed to the desk of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
If you have plans to visit a Washington State Park over the Fourth of July, Washington Gov. Inslee has a message for you. "You'll be able to go that...
Republican state lawmaker Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla, Washington, is celebrating Friday's Supreme Court ruling.
Washington lawmakers still have time to get a budget deal and avert a partial government shutdown July 1.
The state of Washington has sent email alerts to 26,000 state employees notifying them of temporary layoff.
Washington House Democrats are moving forward with a plan to eliminate several tax exemptions, but they don't yet have buy-in from Senate Republicans.
Washington lawmakers have until the 30-day special session runs out on June 27 to reach a budget deal. If they fail to do so, a partial government...
There's still no budget deal in Olympia, but Washington House Democrats said Friday they're willing to drop their push for a state capital gains tax.
If Washington lawmakers don't have a budget by the end of the month, state government will shut down. But it would only be a partial shutdown.
Former Washington state Rep. Susan Fagan has agreed to reimburse taxpayers after filing false expense reports.
The Washington state Department of Corrections recently signed a contract with the GEO Group to send up to 1000 inmates to Michigan.
Accused criminals in Washington could be required to pay thousands of dollars for drug and alcohol monitoring while they await trial.