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Recent events point to needed improvements in farmworker policies
By PAM LEWISON  | 
Aug 6, 2020

As the state continues to wrestle with how to deal with the ramifications of the pandemic, it is increasingly apparent there is a need to be flexible with policy and rules regarding the health and safety of farmworkers around the state. The policies are there in an effort to protect the people with the hardest task of all: keeping food on the tables of those around them.

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For people and the environment, markets achieve what politicians can only promise
By TODD MYERS  | 
Aug 6, 2020

There is an “impending economic collapse” coming. This collapse is not in doubt. It is certain and the only question is whether or not we should return to a capitalist “system based on endless growth.”

This is the claim of the “General Secretary of the Transit Riders Union” and Crosscut columnist Katie Wilson. In three columns Wilson discusses the question, “Can capitalism survive”? Not surprisingly, the General Secretary makes it clear she thinks the answer is “no.” 

Her arguments, however, show how weak the case against free markets is. As an alternative she offers vague rhetoric, because any effort to describe the alternative would require her to veer into the dangerous waters of a century of failed socialist mandates.

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Despite seasonal challenges, WSDOT stays within 3% of its annual preservation budget
By MARIYA FROST  | 
Aug 6, 2020

For fiscal year 2020, which ends halfway into the year in June, WSDOT had an initial total preservation budget allotment of $334.6 million (this was updated after the legislative session). The agency spent all except about $10 million. That is a lot of money, but for perspective, it is also 3% of their annual budget, which the agency cannot exceed. Staying within 3% of a massive budget is commendable.

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