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What If WA Leveraged Our Aerospace Advantages?

Boeing woke up to a rude surprise on Tuesday. The Chicago-based corporation thought they had gotten the Trump Administration to stymie their competition from Quebec-based airplane manufacturer Bombardier through a monumental 300 percent tariff. But instead, the French Canadians tossed

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Progressive Tax Reform

Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

Shame on Boeing for Endorsing Trump’s Racism

Watching the nation’s white nationalist-in-chief Donald Trump yesterday was a wrenching experience. Trump defended white supremacists, saying that people who associate with them aren’t all “bad guys” and blamed the “Alt-Left” for standing up to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Although all

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services

What are we getting out of Boeing’s tax breaks?

As a young girl, my daughter had a fear of flying. She overcame this through a thorough study of airplanes and landed on the 737 as her preferred means of transportation in the air. So naturally, she asked for a

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Progressive Tax Reform

Tax breaks for Boeing have helped send jobs out of state

Here’s a headline that should make us happy: “Trump, Battered in Washington, Is Buoyed at Boeing Rally.” That was from the New York Times, last Friday. But the funny thing is, there was no Boeing rally in our state, where

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Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

What Washington got for Boeing’s $305 million tax break

Last week Boeing reported that it had skipped out on $305 million in taxes in 2015. Back in 2013, the Legislature enacted a special Boeing exemption from business taxes. The legislative intent was to keep jobs in Washington. But that

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Legislators have another chance to fix tax breaks, keep Boeing jobs in WA

I recently purchased a T-shirt from the Boeing store for my daughter, who is fan of the 737. It says, “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!” That may be true for her — but Boeing jobs are certainly on

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

What if we set a maximum wage for CEOs?

It’s an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against a strong minimum wage or decent pensions for everyday working people but don’t even bat an eyelash at big-time CEOs who take home millions of dollars a

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Column, Minimum Wage, Progressive Tax Reform
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