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L&I Omits Key Fact in House Committee Work Session

November 22, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday the House Labor & Workforce Development Committee held a work session on our state’s workers’ compensation program.  Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) Director Joel Sacks gave an overview and update of the state-run monopoly system, explaining to lawmakers the current financial state of the system, how the reforms passed in 2011 are

One Day After WPC Conference on Right-to-Work, Lawmaker Calls for Right-to-Work Special Legislative Session

November 14, 2013 in Blog

One day after participating in Washington Policy Center’s back-to-back Solutions Summit statewide policy conferences discussing whether a “right-to-work” policy is right for Washington State, Senator Michael Baumgartner today called for Governor Inslee to convene a special session to make Washington a right-to-work state. 

No more ludicrous speed lawmaking

November 9, 2013 in Blog

Now that lawmakers have saved the state's Boeing "destiny for a generation" (pending a Wednesday vote by Boeing unions), let's hope we can get them to commit to abandoning future "ludicrous speed" lawmaking.

Alcohol Crimes Decline After Liquor Sales Privatization

November 1, 2013 in In the News
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Proposed Unemployment Rule Would Hurt Employers and Workers

November 1, 2013 in Blog

The state Employment Security Department (ESD) is considering a seemingly innocuous change to a rule governing the appeals process for unemployment tax and benefit decisions.  However, the rule change would give the state agency an unfair advantage when its decisions are challenged by employers or claimants and seriously undermine confidence in ESD to make unbiased decisions. 

Alcohol related arrests down after liquor store privatization

October 29, 2013 in Publications

In 2011, when 59 percent of Washington state voters decided to end the 78-year-old government monopoly on selling liquor by approving Initiative 1183, opponents said privatization would lead to an increase in alcohol-related arrests.  It hasn’t. A year after Washington joined the majority of states in allowing the private sale of liquor, law enforcement data shows the worst predictions of opponents have not materialized.