A key transportation tax bill, HB 1954 "Transportation revenue," was voted out of House committee today. That in itself is not remarkable. What is concerning is the adoption in committee of Rep. Habib's (D-48th) Amendment #4. The amendment would give the Secretary of Transportation the authority to raise the state gas tax by up to three cents a gallon.
Although many Democrats and Republicans support Rep. Gary Condotta’s training wage bill (HB 1150) our state’s powerful unions strongly oppose giving young workers access to job opportunities through a temporary training wage.
Seattle Weeklyreports House budget Chairman Rep. Ross Hunter is considering a state takeover of schools that are denying children access to a quality public education. I admire Rep. Hunter’s concern for children trapped in failing public schools, and his willingness to do something about it, but I think this proposal moves in the wrong direction.
King County faces serious budget pressures, and county residents already pay the highest taxes in the state. So people are wondering why King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn chose this moment to introduce a proposal (K.C.C. 3.16.050) that could increase county costs by expanding mandatory binding arbitration to more public-sector unions.
During last year’s political campaign against charter schools, Initiative 1240 opponents never tired of citing a single academic study, released in 2009 by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), showing less-than-stellar results for some charter schools.
The Supreme Court today devoted most of its session to discussing the new limits ObamaCare's individual mandate would impose on personal freedom, but often overlooked is the disruption the mandate would create in the relationship between the citizens of the states and their federal government.
PubliCola's Morning Fizz reports today on an e-mail from venture capitalist, high-dollar investor and major Democratic donor Nick Hanauer in which he expresses his thoughts, and frustrations, about the need for education reform in our state.
Folks at Seattle Families Against Prop. 1 have created a tax calculator based on public records information from the King County Assessor’s office. A Seattle ballot proposal would double the cost of the Families and Education Levy, an extra funding program that has been in place since 1990.
The calculator lets you type in your street address and it tells you how much you’ll pay in additional taxes over the life of the new Levy. Here’s what Levy opponents say about it: