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A new school year starts in WA — with the same old funding problems

This week is the real start of the new year. Parents take their five-year-olds to their first day of kindergarten, kids return to new grades and new expectations, high schools gear up for football and cross country and soccer, the

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Why Washington’s elected leaders need to hear from you on tax day

April 15 – Tax Day! While people across the U.S. scramble to finish their federal tax returns by today’s deadline, Washington’s legislators are wrangling over the state’s next two-year budget. They face a partisan ideological divide that’s nearly impossible to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services, Progressive Tax Reform

WA Supreme Court brings majority rule back to legislature

In a 6-3 decision this morning, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down the rule requiring a supermajority (two-thirds) vote of the legislature to pass taxes or close tax loopholes. The court found the measure, long backed by initiative promoter

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

NFIB doesn’t speak for many small businesses on health care reform

To hear some pundits describe it, the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is important because of its implications for the presidential election this fall. But for many small business owners, it’s a matter of treating

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Posted in Health Care

Overturning Obamacare: 800,000 uninsured Washingtonians lose health care, everyone loses consumer protections

If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as ‘Obamacare’ – is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, 800,000 uninsured Washingtonians will lose their shot at health care – and millions more will lose basic consumer protections written into

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College financial aid reforms could be at risk when Supreme Court decides on Obamacare

Here’s a little-noticed wrinkle in the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Affordable Care Act: college financial aid reform could also be at risk. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) was passed using a reconciliation – a special legislative process used

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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