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Public safety sales tax increase on ballot in Benton County

April 14, 2014 in Blog

In August voters in Benton County will consider Proposition 14-5 and whether to increase the local sales tax rate by 0.3% raising approximately $9 million per year for public safety spending. The tax increase would sunset on December 31, 2024. The revenue would be split between Benton County and the cities of Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Prosser for law enforcement staffing increases and various public safety programs (such as gang prevention and intervention).

Liquor Privatization Saves Lives?

July 23, 2013 in In the News
The Commonwealth Foundation
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The Commonwealth Foundation
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Seattle Employers Could Soon Face Legal Dilemma When Hiring New Workers

January 30, 2013 in Publications

The Seattle Times published this column on January 30, 2013.

Seattle is often the incubator for bad business policy. In 2011, the city became one of the few in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for all workers. Now the Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance that would make Seattle one of the few to restrict employers’ ability to conduct criminal-background checks on potential employees.

Seattle Proposal Seeks to Restrict Employers' Access to Criminal Records for Background Checks

December 5, 2012 in Publications

Key Findings

Constantine cuts public safety, but finds $100k in public funds for his campaign’s public relations firm

February 22, 2011 in Blog

King County Executive Dow Constantine is laying off sheriff’s deputies and county prosecutors, while using County funds to hire the private public relations firm he used in his campaign.

The King County sheriff reports Constantine’s budget cuts eliminated all property-crime investigation teams, closed neighborhood police stations and reduced other crime-fighting services.

Looking back at three-strikes

November 14, 2010 in In the News
The Columbian (Vancouver)
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The Columbian (Vancouver)
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

WPC in the News

June 2, 2010 in In the News
Seattle Times
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Seattle Times
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Friday, February 5, 2010