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As Gov. Kitzhaber threatens hold on Columbia River project, latest light rail accident raises safety concerns

April 24, 2013 in Blog

Within a day of Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon saying he would not permit new highway bridge construction across the Columbia River unless Washington taxpayers agree to put up an extra $450 million toward a light rail route, Sound Transit's light rail system claimed another victim in Seattle. A Mariners fan died of his injuries Tuesday after being hit by a Sound Transit train near Safeco Field.

Should the Secretary of Transportation be allowed to raise the gas tax?

April 22, 2013 in Blog

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.

Rep. Carlyle bill would help foster youth stay on track for graduation

April 16, 2013 in Blog

Representative Reuven Carlyle’s (D-Seattle) bill to help children in state foster care finish their education continues to advance in Olympia, passing the House and now under consideration in the Senate. This commonsense idea has broad bipartisan support. The bill passed the House March 8th by a vote of 86 to 12.

PubliCola takes umbrage at Washington Policy Center over union’s sub-minimum wage

April 4, 2013 in Blog

Erica C. Barnett over at PubliCola takes umbrage at my pointing out that the national AFL-CIO wants to pay its interns less than Washington’s minimum wage, calling my comments “feigned outrage.”

Union pays less than minimum wage

April 3, 2013 in Blog

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.

Rep. Carlyle bill seeks to help foster kids finish school

March 5, 2013 in Blog

Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) has a smart proposal to help foster children complete their education and be better prepared for success in life.

Allow parents and communities, not state bureaucracies, to take over failing schools

January 15, 2013 in Blog

Seattle Weekly reports 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 Council Proposal Would Expand Union Power and Increase County Costs

January 9, 2013 in Blog

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.

New CREDO study shows New Jersey charter schools outperforming traditional schools

January 3, 2013 in Blog

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.

Danny Westneat and the Big Lie

July 5, 2012 in Blog

Seattle Times liberal columnist Danny Westneat is upset that Washington Policy Center agrees with national experts that the Obamacare law’s mandate tax is one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history.

Congress without Limits: ObamaCare's Effect on States and Local Self-Government

March 27, 2012 in Blog

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.

Individual Health Insurance Mandate Has Its Day In Court

March 26, 2012 in Blog

This is the first of three updates on the Supreme Court case. Updates will follow tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

Prominent Democratic donor calls Washington an education reform backwater, a joke

February 14, 2012 in Blog

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.

Calculate Your Tax Hit - The New Families and Education Levy

October 24, 2011 in Blog

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: