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Ax It or Tax It: $715 million for credit agencies, non-financial firm’s investment earnings, and sweetened beverages.

Today’s suggested exemptions to ax and sins to tax: $84.5 million | Repeal Business and Occupation (B&O) tax deduction for interest on residential property first mortgage loans. Since 1970, credit agencies have been allowed to deduct interest earned from loans

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

How you can keep Washington’s schools strong — even during a budget crisis

If this is what is happening in Bellevue, imagine what’s happening in the rest of the state: “This year’s [2009] budget cuts resulted in 60 Bellevue teachers losing their jobs, elimination of all librarians in secondary schools, and larger class

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

News and Views: From school-readiness to college degrees, the changing face of education in America

Today’s News and Views examines the changing faces of early education and community college. A national study evaluating the  Head Start school readiness program have shown lackluster results, leading the Department of Health and Human Services to announce changes intended

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Posted in Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education

News and Views: What should we pay for the public good – and how should we pay for it?

The $2.6 billion revenue shortfall created by the recession has generated no shortage of ideas about how to change Washington’s budget and tax structure to ensure important public systems and structures — like schools, public safety, and transportation, to name

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

News and Views: Budget cuts to higher ed and K-12; Education spending is key issue; Early learning in TX

Crosscut -> How budget cuts short-changed the UW: Some straight talk about complicated budget maneuvers, making clear that the University was one of the biggest losers in the nation, and the state. Confused about how the University of Washington fared

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

News and views: Tax breaks; Cuts vs. new revenue; A balanced approach to the state budget

ABC News -> Cities, Counties Take Back Corporate Tax Breaks: Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal’s a deal. As the economy sputters along, municipalities struggling to fix roads, fund

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy

Paid Sick Days: Efforts around the nation

Two major cities — San Francisco and Washington D.C. — have implemented mandatory paid sick leave policies, while a third — Milwaukee — has passed the requirement, only to see it tied up in court. In addition, 15 states have

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

With H1N1 Spreading this Fall: We Need Paid Sick Days, Not Another “iPhone App”

Cross-posted from National Partnership for Women and Families: As schools reopen and cooler, drier temperatures return here to Washington, D.C., the nation waits for the second wave of the H1N1 flu to hit us. Meanwhile, we are bombarded by information

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care, Paid Sick Days

Our state can, and must, do better in education

Reprinted from the Everett Herald: Last week the deputy mayor of Helsinki, Finland, was a guest at our home. As soon as he and his wife arrived, we hopped in the car and went to the opening high school cross

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Posted in Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education

Lack of public investment restricts student aid, threatens state competitiveness

Focusing scarce public resources on students from the lowest-income families is a reasonable policy choice, but the long term disinvestment in higher education by both the state and federal governments has clearly limited college access for low income and middle

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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