A Spokesman-Revieweditorial this week laments the awkward summer ritual of teachers, sometimes assisted by parents and charities, having to spend their own money to provide basic classroom supplies. As the editorial notes, "The problem is that lawmakers have underfunded basic education for so long." Two things are surprising about this statement.
Labor executives in Washington state are upset Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is coming to Seattle September 5th to speak at the Washington Policy Center annual awards dinner, according to the Washington State Labor Council newsletter The Stand.
Despite projected revenue growth of $2 billion for the 2013-15 biennium, proposals for significant tax increases dominated the budget debate and contributed to the Legislature going into two special sessions to finish its work on the budget. The final tax increase package included in the 2013-15 budget was a fraction of what state Democrats initially proposed. Below is a breakdown of how the tax increase proposals evolved.
King County Councilmember Larry Phillips and Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond say they plan to cut bus service by 17% if they don’t get the tax increase they want. Pierce Transit officials had the same plan, threatening riders with a 53% cut in bus service last year if they didn’t receive more money. Voters rejected the tax increase. In January of this year, Pierce County officials planned a lower, 34% cut. In June, Pierce Transit again scaled back the planned service cuts to 28%.
Sound Transit officials recently said their agency’s June 2013 ridership figures averaged 32,000 weekday boardings. They were quick to tout this as a 14% increase over June 2012, but conveniently ignored the fact their ridership is far below what they promised voters when the program began.
As Americans enjoy a long hot summer, we are increasingly realizing that the return of cold weather will bring an equally chilling effect on our health care. Starting on January 1st nearly everyone will have to comply with the individual mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
On July 10 and 11, the 15 member State Board of Education, led by Chairman Jeff Vincent, voted to weaken Washington’s School Achievement Index, as reported here and here. Members have decided to shift the weight of the assessment of school performance from whether students are actually learning at grade level, to m
Some people on the left sure don't like ALEC. One who does, however, is Governor Jay Inslee. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a voluntary, non-partisan professional organization that periodically brings together lawmakers from around the country to share ideas about model legislation and sound policies that can advance the public good in their states. ALEC is reviled by extremists on the far left, and they have launched a national campaign to run down its reputation.