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Clearly-defined law allows farmers to farm
By MADILYNNE CLARK  | 
Sep 23, 2016

When farmers are overwhelmed by a regulatory obstacle course, their ability to be productive and good stewards of the land is diminished. Providing regulatory clarity to existing laws allows the current system to become navigable and practical.

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The Reality of Obamacare 1332 Waivers
By ROGER STARK  | 
Sep 20, 2016

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to pursue innovative strategies for providing their residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA.” CMS provides a very detail application process for states, with the timeline of beginning these new state programs in 2017.

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Court removes words "income tax" from Olympia ballot proposal
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Sep 16, 2016

The continuing saga of the Olympia income tax proposal took a new turn this week when a Thurston County Judge rejected the proposed ballot title and summary created by the City of Olympia and struck the words "income tax" from appearing. The new ballot title instead will read "establishing and funding a college grant program."

Here is ballot title and summary the City of Olympia originally proposed:

“Initiative Measure No. 1 concerns establishment of a 1.5% annual income tax within the City....

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