This page is a compilation of media coverage for the office of Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson. It includes links to online articles, interviews, and TV appearances.

2019

Let cannabis businesses take their money to banks

Treasurer Davidson and others push for Congressional action toward cannabis banking reform.
The Herald, 5/23/19

State Treasurer on Saturday Morning Live

As Washington’s custodian of public funds, Treasurer Davidson touches on state debt, revenues, the Legislative session and more.
Saturday Morning Live, KGMI News/Talk 790, 5/4/19

Washington state Senate OKs plan to extend I-405 tolls, with revenue used to pay back bonds

The office of the State Treasurer estimates the bonds would be rolled out over the next decade and take about 25 years to pay off
The Seattle Times, 4/26/19

Banking laws must change amid cannabis acceptance

Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs is working with Democrats and Republicans on cannabis acceptance
Herald & Review, 4/19/19

Washington finances, projected fund balances and more

State Treasurer Duane Davidson discusses legislative bills and the finances of the State. 
The Bottom Line – KONA Radio, 4/15/2019

State Treasurer to speak at Local Lincoln Day Dinner

Columbia County Republicans will host Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson at its Lincoln Day Dinner and Fundraiser
Daily Journal of Commerce, 4/4/2019

New state directory for all grants, loans

State Treasurer Duane Davidson’s office created an online directory of over 130 programs offered by state agencies.
Daily Journal of Commerce, 4/3/2019

How prepared is Washington for a recession?

State officials are gauging Washington’s readiness for a potential recession similar to the one that occurred from 2008-2013.
The Lens, 4/2/2019

For the good of the state…

Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson discusses priorities for the state with the State Financial Officers Foundation
The Fiscal Note, 4/1/2019

State expects $850 million revenue boost over next 28 months

Because of mandated state reserves, Washington is in a better position to weather a recession than it was in 2008
The Daily World, 3/22/2019

Two Years into Office, Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson Advances Public Funds, Financial Education Initiatives

In his role on the Board of the National Association of State Treasurers, Davidson has raised awareness about the need for a better cannabis banking solution.
Anthem, 3/12/2019

Treasurer Wants to Reform Cannabis Banking

The best way to ensure public safety when it comes to the marijuana industry is to bring it out of the shadows.
The Seattle Times, 3/7/2019

Treasurer Davidson Opposes State Bank, Promotes Existing Programs

Why would a state bank not succumb to the same things that happened in the Public Works Board?
The Lens, 2/20/2019

Washington Treasurer Wants State to Ease Off on Debt Issuance

Davidson, a former Benton County treasurer, has mad reducing debt issuance a priority since he was elected in 2017.
The Bond Buyer, 2/5/2019

Treasurer Davidson Launches Online Tutorials

Davidson, through the State Treasurer’s website, is trying to promote financial literacy 
Yakima Herald, 1/29/2019

Washington state ranks sixth in nation for per capita state debt

This means “cities, counties, schools, and other types of governmental units that have debt.”
KIRO Radio, 1/24/2019

Doug Lasher retires after more than three decades as Clark County treasurer

Now state treasurer, Davidson said the two developed a close friendship.
The Columbian, 1/3/2019

2018

Treasurer Opposes Public Bank

Treasurer argues that Washington should not create a public bank to help fund local infrastructure projects, The Lens, 11/13/2018

State Should Issue Less Debt

Washington Treasurer Manages State Bond Sales. Now he Wants Less, Bloomberg, 4/2/2018

Saving Now Could Help in Future

Treasurer warns of raiding rainy day fund, The Lens, 3/30/2018

State Needs to Pay Down Debt

The Everett Herald Net Editorial Board makes a case for paying down debt.

Editorial: State needs to begin paying down its bond debt, Herald Net, 3/2/2018

Use Windfall to Pay Down Debt

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board argues that paying down state debt with windfall is fiscally smart and responsible.

State windfall should be used to pay down debt, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 2/26/2018

State Should put Excess Revenue Towards Debt

A series of national and local newspapers ran an Associated Press article regarding Treasurer Davidson’s position on what the state should do with the excess revenue windfall.

TVW Interview: The Impact, State Treasurer Weights in on State Debt and a Proposal to Tap State Reserves

The Impact, TVW, 1/10/2018

Leave the State’s Raining Day Fund Alone

The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board speaks out against using state reserves.

Our Voice: It’s not raining hard enough to dip into state reserves, Tri-City Herald, 1/7/2018

2017

High Debt Should Be a Concern

The Walla Wall Union-Bulletin Editorial Board takes a look at a recent interview the State Treasurer conducted and has some thoughts about Washington’s debt.

Washington’s debt level a cause for concern, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 12/29/2017

Be Mindful of Debt

Why every Washington Resident ‘owes’ $2,717, Tri-City Herald, 12/26/2017

Why Financial Literacy is Important to Farm Workers

Davidson: Financial Literacy Must Be Taught To Farm Workers, Washington AG Network, 12/19/2017

TWV Interview: Inside Olympia, Reviewing Treasurer Davidson’s First Year in Office

Inside Olympia, TVW, 12/14/2017

Washington State Treasurer’s Office Saves Almost $70 Million in Debt Service Costs

State Treasurer Issues Advance Refunding Bonds Ahead of Congressional Tax Reform, Washington State Wire, 12/1/2017

Washington State Advance Refunding Nov. 2017

Washington state will get advance refunding deal in before year’s end, Bond Buyer, 11/28/2017

Treasurer Tours Skills Center

“Washington State Treasurer Tours CB Tech” Columbia Basin Herald, 8/21/17

Bond Buyer Cites OST’s Capital Budget Explainer

Cited by Bond Buyer is our website’s “Insight” section explainer on what it means – and doesn’t mean – that Washington state lawmakers adjourned in July after passing an operating budget but no new capital budget. “Washington State’s Capital Budget Conundrum,” Bond Buyer, 8/3/17

Careful On Debt, Treasurer Warns

Raise Your Drink To State’s Financial State, But Watch Out For The Hangover,” Tacoma News Tribune, 7/8/17

Treasurer, Other Committee Members Fine-Tune GET

GET College Plan Now Back In Line With Yearly Tuition Costs,” Seattle Times 7/7/17

Sounding A Fiscal Warning, On Budget Impasse

Budget Stalemate Puts State’s Financial Reputation At Risk,” Seattle Times, guest op-ed by State Treasurer Duane Davidson, 6/21/17.

Budget Stalemate Puts State’s Financial Reputation At Risk,” republished op-ed, Washington State Wire, 6/21/17.

Promoting Financial Education, In Yakima Visit

Best Lesson on Financial Literacy Found Here in Yakima,” Yakima Herald-Republic (editorial), 5/24/17

State Treasurer Looks at Junior Achievement to Promote Financial Literacy,” Yakima Herald-Republic, 5/18/17

Politics Needs New Blood – And Youth Is No Barrier

Adapted from his keynote speech in the State House of Representatives to the 70th YMCA Youth Legislature, Treasurer Davidson wrote a guest commentary that was published in numerous newspapers.

Student Financial Education Is Key, Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson Testifies

Steps to help ensure college students have a clearer understanding of student loan debt, and other ABCs of personal finance are increasingly warranted, State Treasurer Duane Davidson said to Washington State House lawmakers in committee testimony.

Two Higher Education Bills Passed By Senate Sit In House Committee, Daily Evergreen, 3/24/17

Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson Hails National Award For Financial Reporting

A national organization has awarded the Treasurer’s Office with special recognition for going above and beyond, in the preparation of its annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report on the state’s Local Government Investment Pool. Guest article, Washington State Wire, 3/17/17

TVW Interview with New Washington State Treasurer Duane A. Davidson

On TVW’s “Inside Olympia,” host Austin Jenkins sat down in early 2017 with newly elected State Treasurer Duane Davidson and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, 1/26/17. Click here for video.

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