It seems Seattle’s anti-business policies are taking their toll on the city’s small businesses. And while the city’s most controversial policy, a proposed $15 minimum wage, has not been passed yet, it is already having a chilling affect on jobs.
The first of a series of secret meetings on the workforce costs that will be included in the next state budget took place Tuesday at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey. Union negotiators presented state officials with an initial proposal seeking advantages on behalf of some 30,000 employees working at dozens of state agencies.
Critics of the United States often say we should follow the progressive policies of European nations. One progressive policy many European countries have is no minimum wage. In addition, the progressive leaders of the European Union have not enacted an EU-wide minimum wage law.
The Seattle School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on providing a watered-down math curriculum for the city’s elementary schools, a change that would affect the 95 schools in the district and some 49,000 students and their families. A District committee is recommending that School Board members adopt a program called EnVision Math. A group of concerned math and science high school teachers and college professors calls EnVision Math the weakest choice available.
For years, proponents of a single-payer health care system in the U.S. have pointed to the V.A. Hospital System as the example of how government-run health care can work in this country. It is now being revealed that the V.A. system has some terrible flaws. (Here, Here, Here)
Governor Inslee’s appointed representatives will meet today in Lacey with executives of the state’s public-sector unions to begin a series of closed-door meetings. The secret sessions will decide how much the public will pay in state employee salary and benefits in the 2015-17 state budget.
The high-level negotiations are expected to last several months. No open meetings are planned, and participants have indicated they will not take comment from the public.
According to The Seattle Times, Seattle City Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata want to impose three tax increases to maintain Metro bus service in Seattle: a new tax on employers, higher parking taxes, and a hefty car tab fee.
Only in Washington D.C. can near unanimous agreement on a policy mean there is danger it may not occur. Consider the pending expiration of the ban on internet access taxes and whether or not Congress will act in time. As reported by The Wall Street Journal:
During the last week, there has been a great deal of attention to a study claiming pesticides are responsible for an increase in honeybee hive death. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), beekeepers and scientists have been working to find out what is to blame for the trend.
On April 22nd, voters in King County overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 1, a ballot measure to increase regressive car fees and sales taxes to provide more money for existing levels of public transit. The special election cost about $1.8 million. The measure’s defeat has sparked a crisis in the County’s management of Metro bus services.
If the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl demolition of the Denver Broncos taught us anything, it's that anything Colorado can do Washington can do better. With that in mind, it is worth noting that Colorado lawmakers have sent to their Governor a bill to allow remote testimony. As reported by Colorado's KREX news:
At WPC’s annual Health Care Conference yesterday, panels of experts discussed the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on individuals, employers, insurers and providers. A common theme throughout the presentations and Q&A sessions centered on the uncertainty of how employers will respond once the controversial employer mandate begins to take effect next year.
The controversy, confusion and uncertainty over the new requirements has prompted the Obama Administration to delay implementation of the employer mandate and soften requirements during the first year.
Today is the start of National Small Business Week, whereby government officials pay the usual platitudes to small businesses and their importance to our nation’s economy. Throughout the week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will hold events and festivities in cities around the country to celebrate the small business owners who drive innovation and create jobs.