It is a simple reality that you are more careful with your own money than with others'. The latest example comes from Seattle Times business columnist Jon Talton, who has argued repeatedly that the world is about to run out of oil. The theory, called "Peak Oil," says that since oil is a finite resource, we will run out in the near future, causing massive economic disruption. This is often used as an argument for increased political control of the economy.
Yesterday, Katherine Long of The Seattle Times writes an informative report on how college tuition hikes are putting the squeeze on middle-class students. She describes how state cuts hurt students seeking to attend a public college or university. She reports on the plight of Ruth Ferguson, Elizabeth Pring, Christina Xiao, Josh Grandinetti and other U.W. students who are finding it hard to finance their education.
The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has announced the hard-fought workers’ compensation reform program passed in 2011 allowing structured settlements for injured workers age 55 and older is not saving the money it was expected.
The National Council on Teacher Quality released its first annual report, “Teacher Prep Review,” a comprehensive evaluation of the quality of the colleges and universities that train the nation’s teachers. Using a four-star rating system, the Review assesses the 1,130 institutions that train 99% of schoolteachers.
The study finds that three-quarters of teacher-training institutions in the U.S. earned only two stars. Researchers found that:
The foundation of Obamacare is the individual mandate that requires every American adult to own a health insurance policy or pay a penalty, or what the U.S. Supreme Court now calls a tax. The tax begins in 2014 and gradually increases over the next few years until it reaches a maximum of $700 per year or 2.5% of a person's gross income, whichever is greater. The Internal Revenue Service will collect the tax.
The Skagit River bridge opened today, about a month after an oversize truck hit the structure causing its collapse. Throughout this rebuilding process, the Washington State Department of Transportation, federal government, and others worked day and night to reopen this vital link on Interstate 5. State officials have stated that work will begin on the replacement bridge as soon as possible.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced it won't consider the impacts of burning coal in China when examining the proposed export terminal in Washington state. Those who oppose exporting coal from the U.S. to China argue that such an analysis was necessary to understand the full impact of the exports.
Attempting to calculate all potential carbon emissions from coal exports, however, is completely unscientific and contradicts Seattle's own position when analyzing its carbon footprint.
Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima) produced a transportation funding proposal that focuses on preservation and maintenance, while allowing local options for transit districts statewide.Immediately after this package was introduced, critics stated that the package didn't benefit other modes of transportation.
As I reported yesterday, the State Board of Education has postponed its vote to weaken Washington’s School Achievement Index. The fifteen-member Board, led by Chairman Jeff Vincent, has decided to take up less controversial topics during its meeting tomorrow in Olympia. Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Good news for state budget writers - today's revenue forecast has further increased projected revenue for the current and next budget by a combined $231 million for a total increase of more than $2 billion for 2013-15.
Today is the start of National Small Business Week, first designated in 1963 as a way to recognize the important role small businesses play in our nation’s economy. Accordingly, President Obama is paying the expected platitudes to our nation’s job creators.
Sometimes the simplest things can expose so much. Seattle's debate about the impact on climate policy of growing pot within city limits demonstrates how silly and ineffective some of Seattle's climate policies really are, contradicting the city's own "buy local" efforts.
As KUOW reports today, Seattle City Councilman Mike O'Brien is concerned that growing marijuana in Seattle will make it difficult to meet the City's goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. O'Brien told KUOW:
This Wednesday, June 19th, the State Board of Education meets in Olympia to discuss revisions to the School Achievement Index to reduce the rigor of the performance criteria used to evaluate schools, as I’ve explained here. Originally, they planned to vote on the revisions after taking public testimony.