Find out what the numbers tell us about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Times' FYI Guy, Gene Balk, and other contributors comb data sets to look at the numbers behind news topics -- especially those that offer insight into the quality of life and cost of living in the Seattle area.

Tell us: Have you had trouble getting public information during the pandemic?

A Washington state law meant to provide a public window into the inner workings of government requires agencies to provide an array of documents to anyone who requests them. But as the coronavirus pandemic persists with no end in sight, the response to many requests have slowed, raising concerns that government transparency is waning at...

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