Jerry Cornfield

Jerry posted 23 stories to The Daily World.
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State braces for huge budget hole as tax collections tumble

Inslee cancels pay raises for some execs and orders furloughs for workers as special session looms.

  • Jun 19th, 2020 3:30pm

State agencies map out possible cuts to plug budget hole

Layoffs and service cuts loom as state leaders confront a $4B gap due to the COVID pandemic.

  • Jun 10th, 2020 3:26pm

Amid falling revenue, Sound Publishing lays off 70 workers

The company shed 20% of its workforce. At The Daily World, four people lost their jobs.

  • May 6th, 2020 3:30pm

1.2 million students won’t return to classrooms anytime soon

The governor has extended a statewide closure through June 19 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Apr 7th, 2020 3:20pm
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee delivers a statewide TV address Monday evening.

Governor: Stay at home — and that’s now an order

Jay Inslee on Monday took an aggressive new step to curb social interactions as coronavirus deaths rise.

  • Mar 24th, 2020 4:00pm
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee delivers a statewide TV address Monday evening.

Commentary: Sorting the lists of wants and needs at the Capitol

With a third of the legislative session nearly gone, state lawmakers are…

  • Jan 31st, 2020 4:45pm

Place your bets, but not if you’re under age

This is Day 19 of 60 of the 2020 session of the Washington Legislature in Olympia.

  • Jan 31st, 2020 8:43am
House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, left) and caucus chair Rep. Paul Harris talk to the media Dec. 19 in Olympia. Wilcox has called on Republican Rep. Matt Shea to resign following an investigative report that found he took part in “domestic terrorism” against the United States during a 2016 standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Far-right lawmaker Matt Shea has a House seat, but no caucus

Whether Democrats try to expel the GOP lawmaker will be a hot topic in the upcoming session.

  • Jan 10th, 2020 4:30pm
House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, left) and caucus chair Rep. Paul Harris talk to the media Dec. 19 in Olympia. Wilcox has called on Republican Rep. Matt Shea to resign following an investigative report that found he took part in “domestic terrorism” against the United States during a 2016 standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Election quirks: Drop boxes, tossed ballots, fickle voters

Before turning the page on the November election, here are a few questions to ponder.

  • Jan 1st, 2020 1:30pm

A gift idea for a troubled relationship: intervention

Appointment flap is latest dispute in protracted rift between Senate Republicans and Lt. Gov. Habib.

  • Dec 24th, 2019 9:55am
Steven Horn (The Clog/The Clipper/Everett Community College)

Will we feel different when Trump is impeached? Probably not

As a historic vote looms in the House, attitudes of the public are pretty hardened on this subject.

  • Dec 11th, 2019 5:00pm
Steven Horn (The Clog/The Clipper/Everett Community College)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (center) shakes hands after he signed a two-year state operating budget on June 30, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

When asked their opinion on contract talks, they were silent

A 2017 law lets lawmakers offer negotiation topics. But a bipartisan panel didn’t do so this week.

  • Dec 7th, 2019 4:30pm
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (center) shakes hands after he signed a two-year state operating budget on June 30, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
Traffic passes over the 90-year old Magnolia bridge, aging and in need of replacement, Wednesday in Seattle. State and local governments could end up scrambling to pay for road paving and other transportation projects as a Washington state measure that would cut car tabs to $30 was passing in early returns Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Post-election, new battles loom over Eyman’s car-tab measure

Lawmakers will wrangle over cuts in transportation spending as lawyers tangle on the measure’s legality.

  • Nov 15th, 2019 4:30pm
Traffic passes over the 90-year old Magnolia bridge, aging and in need of replacement, Wednesday in Seattle. State and local governments could end up scrambling to pay for road paving and other transportation projects as a Washington state measure that would cut car tabs to $30 was passing in early returns Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

As historic inquiry unfolds, congressman from Olympia has a front row seat

Congressman Denny Heck, a Democrat from Olympia, made his mark as House Intelligence Committee member.

  • Nov 14th, 2019 2:52pm

Cornfield: Sound Transit critics see ‘escape route’ in Initiative 976

In this election, critics of Sound Transit 3 are getting the do-over…

  • Oct 21st, 2019 4:30pm
Former state Sen. Jesse Wineberry (right) playfully points out Tim Eyman behind him before a news conference on initiative I-1000, on Oct. 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

This political break-up couldn’t come at a worse time

As backers of I-1000 gear up, a legal spat involving others is casting a shadow on their efforts.

  • Oct 15th, 2019 4:23pm
Former state Sen. Jesse Wineberry (right) playfully points out Tim Eyman behind him before a news conference on initiative I-1000, on Oct. 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

To expel or not to expel Matt Shea from state House

Results of a private investigation could put the fate of GOP lawmaker in front of the House in 2020.

  • Aug 24th, 2019 1:30am

Anti-tax advocates are crowding the Nov. ballot

If you lost count of how many new and higher taxes state…

  • Aug 16th, 2019 5:30pm

In tough month, an ally becomes a competitor for Eyman

After getting signatures for a measure that didn’t qualify, Restore Washington wants to do its own.

  • Jul 20th, 2019 1:30am

Judges, lawmakers and the governor in line for pay raises

Salaries would climb 18.5 percent for those in the judicial branch under a citizen panel’s proposal.

  • Oct 15th, 2018 7:00pm