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Tune in now to watch the House committee hearings on paid sick days and paid family leave bills in Olympia!

Live – House Labor and Workforce Development Committee: House Bill 1457 (Family and medical leave insurance) and House Bill 1313 (paid sick days):

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Honey, I shrunk the budget: An honest look at Washington state’s spending

02/14/12 4:10 p.m. This post edited to clarify the distinction between the state “general fund” and “operating budget”. Policy issues like marriage equality, paid sick days and the minimum wage have dominated the news from Olympia so far – but

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check

Counter the lobbyists – create 2000 jobs and provide 1 year of community college free, just by closing three tax breaks

From the Everett Herald: I rode to work in the dark this morning, and I will probably ride home in the dark this evening. It’s that time of year, the sun rising later and setting earlier, Halloween right around the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity

How to modernize Washington’s tax code and rebuild our local economy

Washington legislators will convene a special session this fall to respond to a $1.4 billion drop in the state’s expected revenue for 2011-13, brought on by high unemployment and the lingering recession. State lawmakers have already slashed billions of dollars from

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check

LEV goes to court to overturn initiative

From the League of Education Voters: Today, the League of Education Voters – along with the Washington Education Association, lawmakers, parents and taxpayers – filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1053. The initiative

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Posted in Educational Opportunity

The agony of victory, the thrill of defeat: WA legislature ends session with a whimper, not a bang

Guest post by Brendan Williams, former Washington state representative from the 22nd legislative district. As a legislator I came to realize no principle on Earth could withstand the arbitrary pressure to adjourn on time – if such potential existed but

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Workers give, business gets in Legislature

From the Everett Herald: You’d be hard-pressed to find a better example of “kick-em when they’re down” politics this year than the workers’ compensation legislation rushed through Olympia on Monday (May 23). By the governor’s own estimate, the bill will

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column
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