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Benton County Proposition 14-5: Sales tax increase but no performance audits?

May 6, 2014 in Blog

Benton County Citizen Advisory Committee Recommends Sales Tax Increase and Performance Audits

May 5, 2014 in Blog

In my prior post I highlighted the details of Benton County Proposition 14-5, a proposal on the county's August ballot to increase the local sales tax rate by 0.3% raising approximately $9 million per year for public safety spending. The proposed sales tax increase came from the recommendations of a Citizen Advisory Committee that was created to study the county's public safety programs.

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 proposal would increase the total sales tax paid by a family at the county’s median income ($64,898) by $87 a year, or $7.25 a month.

Liquor Privatization Saves Lives?

July 23, 2013 in In the News
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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.