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Does Harris v. Quinn apply to individual providers in Washington?

August 20, 2014 in Blog

That was the question I was hoping to answer today but after reviewing the state's August 20th response to the Centeno v. Dept. of Social & Health Services lawsuit in federal court the elusive answer will have to wait.

While requesting that case "be dismissed with prejudice" one section of the state's brief today said:

Next steps for Benton County public safety sales tax

August 20, 2014 in In the News
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Monday, August 18, 2014

State Dodges New Pension Bullet

August 20, 2014 in In the News
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770 KKTH
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

State dodges new pension bullet

August 14, 2014 in Blog

A unanimous Supreme Court today gave budget writers much needed good news when Justices rejected two union initiated pension lawsuits that could have added an additional $1.3 billion in new costs for the 2015-17 budget (state and local).

Writing perhaps the sweetest words lawmakers have heard recently from the Court, Justices said:

Attorney General declines Senator’s request for Harris v. Quinn impact opinion

August 13, 2014 in Blog

Last week I highlighted a letter from Sen. Braun to the Attorney General requesting an informal opinion in response to the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Harris v. Quinn, which called into question the forced unionization of some Washington residents. The Senator asked these three questions:

With Wildfires Increasing, How Should We Fund Efforts to Stop Them?

August 12, 2014 in In the News
Emergency Management Magazine
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Emergency Management Magazine
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2015 Eastern Washington Solutions Summit

August 12, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
3 Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA

Join Washington Policy Center again for our annual Statewide Solutions Summit Policy Conference coming this January 6th, 2015 in Tri-Cities!   

The half-day conference and lunch will cover the following topics: