The state Supreme Court seems determined to do everything in its power to see that K–12 basic education is fully funded. In 2012, the court ruled in McCleary v. State of Washington that the state was failing in its constitutional duty to provide adequate funding for education, and the Legislature floundered, hamstrung or happily bound by initiative machine Tim Eyman’s successful initiative requiring a two-thirds vote in the legislature to raise taxes or close loopholes. The court followed up with a rebuke for the slow pace of restoring funding late in the year. Then in February, the court rejected as unconstitutional a voter-approved initiative that required a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes or close loopholes—clearing one more obstacle out of the way.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.