Members of the State Charter School Commission, created by voters in 2012 as part of Washington’s charter school law, plan to meet Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at South Seattle Community College to consider whether to close the state’s first charter school, First Place Scholars school for homeless children in Seattle.
We previously highlighted how the state Department of Commerce has long used Washington’s lack of income or capital gains taxes as part of their marketing pitch to encourage businesses to come to Washington. Apparently department officials still believe having no income tax is a strong selling point.
Among the arguments made by those pushing a costly cap-and-trade carbon emissions policy is the claim that higher temperatures will bring big increases in air pollution. Both the Washington Environmental Council and Puget Sound Sage have recently used air pollution as a justification for pushing these polices.
Does the real world match their claims? We have a chance to test.
Yesterday, Governor Inslee signed a two-year transportation budget into law. The $7.6 billion plan includes about $5 billion for the Washington State Department of Transportation over the next two years, $430 million for the Washington State Patrol, and dedicates about $1.5 billion to pay off Nickel and TPA bonds. The budget for the 2015-2017 biennium also funds other transportation-related offices and departments, like the Department of Licensing.
Last month I reported on the push by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to get the city in the Internet-provider business with municipal broadband. In the effort to move Seattle one step closer to that dream of government-run broadband, Mayor Murray commissioned a study to determine the costs and feasibility of making Seattle the first big city in the nation to treat broadband Internet access as a public utility.
Rep. Larry Haler (R-Richland) made the right call in putting aside for now – by pulling it from consideration – a bill to repeal the 1% limit on regular property tax collections. He says more information is needed about how the long-established limit effects the annual rise in local government revenue.
They held only three meetings totaling just six hours, but it appears a work group tasked with creating a mandatory paid sick leave policy to impose on employers and workers in Spokane is ready to forward its policy plan to the City Council.
The group that calls itself “the leadership of the world socialist movement” has published a hard-hitting editorial on organized labor’s efforts to carve out special exemptions from minimum wage and paid sick leave mandates.
According to new information provided by the Federal Highway Administration, driving across the United States is on the rise. According to the latest report, nationwide vehicle miles traveled (the amount people drive) in the first three months of the year is up 3.9% compared to last year. The Western region of the United States saw a 5.3% year-over-year uptick in road travel for March alone.
Last night I saw “Most Likely to Succeed,” a new movie attracting a lot of buzz in Seattle, about a charter public high school in San Diego. About 500 people packed Queen Anne’s vintage Uptown Cinema last night, and the movie shows again today at 3:00 pm. “Most Likely to Succeed” was selected for SIFF, the Seattle International Film Festival, after winning awards at Sundance.
At Crosscut.com, reporter David Kroman provides the latest on an idea that was voted down in Seattle in 2013 and has been revised for 2015 – public funding for political campaigns.
Initiative 122 would lower campaign spending limits, reduce the maximum individual contribution allowed, and raise the city property tax to provide public funds to candidates in Seattle elections. Backers are confident they have enough signatures to place it on the ballot this year.
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the premium requests for health insurance companies for 2016. The information applies to plans compatable with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, and those sold through the state and federal health insurance exchanges. CMS organized the requests on a state by state basis. Only requests of a 10 percent or more increase were required to be submitted.