Washington Policy Blog

Proponents Spin Obamacare "Success"

November 26, 2015 in Blog

Proponents of the Affordable Care Act continue to believe health care reform is working, albeit now with some qualifiers. Paul Krugman is one of the biggest champions of everything Obama.

Cold Thanksgiving Proves Theory of Climate Change is Wrong

November 26, 2015 in Blog

It is a frosty Thanksgiving morning. One more bit of evidence that the theory of climate change is simply wrong. Consider last Saturday, November 21. The high temperature recorded at SeaTac was 48 degrees, two degrees lower than the average for that date. The low was even colder, a frosty 33, a full six degrees colder than the average on that day.

"Medicare for Everyone"

November 20, 2015 in Blog

The presidential candidate fields are narrowing on both the Democratic and Republican sides. The Republicans realistically have eight viable candidates and the Democrats now have two, Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.

Washington State’s Regressive Wireless Taxes are Still the Highest in the Nation

November 19, 2015 in Blog

By Ali Mollhoff, WPC Research Assistant

Washington is once again the highest wireless tax state in the nation, according to a recent study.  Consumers in our state pay a staggering combined (federal, state and local) average wireless tax rate of 25.15%.  In comparison, our neighbors to the east and south, Idaho and Oregon, boast wireless tax rates of less than 9%, the lowest in the nation.  The national average is around 18%.

New videos released on Washington charter schools

November 18, 2015 in Blog

Washington Policy Center has released two new, powerful videos revealing the reactions of parents, students and school leaders to the state supreme court’s ruling against their charter schools.

Andrew Cray, the father of a SOAR Academy student, is featured in this video:


Students, parents, Rep. Eric Pettigrew and other charter school community members explain why they want to keep their charter schools in this video:

Supreme Court releases reason for allowing vote on I-1366

November 12, 2015 in Blog

The State Supreme Court today released the legal reasoning behind its unanimous decision to allow the voters to consider I-1366. The voters approved I-1366 this month

Federal regulations allow state officials to end unpopular tolls on I-405

November 11, 2015 in Blog

State officials say federal regulators are forcing them to restrict the public’s access to HOV lanes on I-405. However, a review of federal rules shows they could stop tolls on Interstate 405 and give the public the popular HOV 2+ and general travel lanes the public paid for in 2003 and 2005.

Members of the Washington State Transportation Commission say:

U.S. Supreme Court rejected challenge to state tax restriction

November 7, 2015 in Blog

With approval of I-1366, is Washington (once again) on the path to becoming the 18th state in the country with a supermajority for taxes restriction? Currently 17 states have some form of tax increase restriction. Among them is Colorado which has the strictest one requiring voter approval of all tax increases at the state and local level. 

SEIU admits its motivation for unionizing UW faculty is political

November 5, 2015 in Blog

It used to be that unionizing a work place was done for the benefit of the workers.  The goal was to help workers negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions.  Today, unionizing a work place is done just as much (if not entirely) for the benefit of the union.

November 17th conference will offer teachers Medal of Honor lesson plans in personal bravery and self-sacrifice

November 4, 2015 in Blog

On Tuesday, November 17, the Medal of Honor Character Development program is holding a free teacher training conference in character development at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, details here. All middle and high school teachers, and counselors, coaches and administrators are invited to attend.

Will Governor's Costly Climate Regulation Drive Manufacturing Out of Washington?

November 3, 2015 in Blog

Two aluminum plants that would be covered by the Governor's proposed climate regulation announced they will be going idle due to international competition. Alcoa announced work at its plants in Ferndale and Wenatchee will be halted, costing nearly a thousand workers their jobs.

Four former state Attorneys General call on supreme court to reverse charter school ruling

November 2, 2015 in Blog

On September 4th, in a 6 – 3 ruling that stunned parents three weeks into the school year, Washington’s state supreme court voted to shutter the state’s nine charter schools and forbid the opening of new ones.  The ruling suddenly left 1,300 schoolchildren in educational limbo.

Charter schools operate in 42 states and serve some 2.9 million children.  They are non-controversial and extremely popular with parents.  Before opening, each of Washington’s nine charter schools had to hold lotteries to fill a limited number of slots because of high demand from families.

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance: Part 5—Enforcement

October 30, 2015 in Blog

Olympia City Councilmember Jim Cooper has proposed sweeping labor regulations that would mandate a $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave for all workers in the city, remove businesses’ freedom and flexibility to operate with a part-time workforce and restrict how employers schedule employee shifts.  Clearly the proposed “City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance” is about much more than just a minimum wage. 

The previous four posts in this five-part series have analyzed the provisions of the proposal.  This final post explores how the new regulations would be enforced.

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance: Part 4—Paid Sick Leave

October 29, 2015 in Blog

The final provision examined in this five part series dissecting the complex provisions of the proposed “City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance,” mandates paid sick leave for all workers in the city.  Introduced by City Councilmember Jim Cooper, the Olympia proposal is alarmingly broad and open-ended.