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 media appearances.


Treasurer shares his financial knowledge in Valley Talk radio interview

Washington’s cash flow woes

Opinion: Yes to special session: Legislature needs its say in pandemic budgeting

State shouldn’t wait to fix COVID budget problems | Guest Opinion

Washington GOs go competitively

Washington note deal hits a glitch

Editorial: Celebrate America’s social contract by being a grownup

Will Washington really punt budget action until January?

Politicians get pay raises, state workers get furloughs

State Treasurer Duane Davidson responds to budget shortfalls

State faces $4.5 billion budget shortfall

Will The Fed Rescue State And City Budgets If Congress Won’t?

Economic forecast released; officials urge special session

Fed Sees $500 Billion Muni Backstop Work Even Before Loans Made

State Treasurer creates savings by refunding bonds

Deep Dive: Recreational Marijuana Tax Revenue in the United States

Be wary of capital gains tax | Guest Opinion

State treasurer reduces service fee to all-time low

Big Utah cash pool puts brakes on corporate debt that juiced its yields

As economic activity shifts, recession questions emerge

Treasurer asks Inslee to veto state bank study

To spend or save? What to do with additional state revenues

Second-half surge spurred Far West volume in 2019

GOP senators: Help the private sector tackle homelessness

Wasteful budget dust: State bank and dam breaching studies

State Treasurer visits his hometown of carnation to discuss financial picture

State treasurer worries about Rainy Day Fund

A heady bond market is primed to absorb Washington’s competitive GO deal

Bellingham City Council joins the public banking conversation

State bank bill receives hearing, members of the Treasurer’s office sign in opposed.

Washington pushes the time envelope on forward delivery bonds

Washington State Treasurer publishes Debt Affordability Study

Treasurer releases state debt limit report


Transit Agency to continue collecting tax repealed by Washington initiative

Guest Opinion: Spokane Prop 2 would stop a local income tax

An income tax is not in our best interest

Discussing Washington state finances and tax structure

Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson on capital gains taxes in the state and other legislative issues.
The Bottom Line – KONA Radio, 9/17/2019

Capital gains income tax proposals loom next session

This year’s legislative session saw several unsuccessful proposals to enact a capital gains income tax. 
The Lens, 9/17/19

Washington Bond Rating Upgraded by Credit Rating Organization

Washington gets historic credit rating bump

Washington has one of the strongest economies in the country, as well as a business base that has become increasingly diverse.
The Lens, 8/27/19

In Basket: Erhiza Rivera named assistant treasurer by state Treasurer Duane Davidson

Rivera has ties to Yakima, Grandview and Benton County, where she served as chief deputy treasurer for eight years.
Yakima Herald, 7/25/19

Washington gets an upgrade to triple-A

It’s the first Moody’s upgrade since 1997 for the state.
The Bond Buyer, 8/23/19

Topper to host reception for State Treasurer Davidson

Treasurer Davidson is making a stop at Clark County’s offices.
The Columbian , 8/15/19

State treasurer speaks at courthouse

Treasurer Davidson met Wahkiakum County officials and citizens and comment on issues with which his office must address.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle , 8/1/19

State treasurer to visit Cathlamet

He will discuss some of the programs of the Office of the State Treasurer aimed at helping local governments and the citizens they serve.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle , 7/18/19

Reflections of Leadership by Duane Davidson, CPA

Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
The Washington CPA, 7/16/19

In Basket: New Assistant State Treasurer

Erhiza Rivera was sworn in recently as assistant state treasurer.
Yakima Herald, 7/14/19

Treasurer Davidson discusses cannabis banking reform and safety concerns on TVW

The Impact
TVW, 6/26/19

State Treasurer Looks To Empower Washingtonians Through Education

Washington Finance Officers Association Newsletter (page 5)
WFOA, 6/20/19

State Treasurer to Address Republican Women’s Group

The Republican Women of Grant County
Columbia Basin Herald , 6/10/19

Seattle’s illegal income tax – Round 3

What’s at stake is whether the courts will allow income tax proponents to bypass the people and the constitution
Washington Policy Center, 6/5/19

Time to let marijuana businesses deal with banks

Many political leaders in Washington state and elsewhere have pushed for legislation that removes liability from banks.
Yakima Herald, 6/4/19

Let cannabis businesses open bank accounts

Support is building for federal legislation to allow banks to work with legal marijuana companies.
The Spokesman-Review, 6/2/19

Legitimate businesses in states that have approved cannabis should be allowed to operate as other companies do

Cannabis industry should have access to banks: This editorial originally appeared in The Columbian
The Daily News, 5/29/19

Cannabis industry should have access to banks

Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, bankers are understandably wary of risking the wrath of federal regulators.
The Columbian, 5/28/19

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

Drawbacks to creating state banks and problems with proposed changes to pension funds

State Treasurer Duane Davidson discusses why a state bank is not right for Washington. 
Skagit Community Radio KSVR-FM 91.7, 5/11/19

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


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


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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