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Medicare-related volunteers get recognition

Medicare is a big government program. It’s detailed. It’s confusing. And people in our state actually volunteer to deal with it for people other than themselves! Rockstars.

They’re called SHIBA volunteers (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors). Gov. Jay Inslee just proclaimed May 19-25 “SHIBA Volunteer Recognition Week.” 

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“The Parent Revolution” by Dr. Corey DeAngelis is an education reform thriller
By LIV FINNE  | 
May 22, 2024

“The Parent Revolution,” a new book by Dr. Corey DeAngelis, is an education reform thriller. 

Corey DeAngelis does a masterful job of describing the dramatic ups and downs, ins and outs, of the passing of school choice bills across the nation. 

He accurately describes the education choice tidal wave that has swept the nation since the end of extended COVID school shutdowns in 2020-21. These school choice victories now offer families between $4,600 and $8,000 per child to customize education to fit the needs of children. Legislators in forward-looking states are now allowing parents to hire tutors, buy books and online curricula, tap learning specialists, and pay private school tuition, all tailored to each child’s circumstances. Twenty million students, thirty-six percent of American school children, now live in states with access to public aid to attend a private school through enlightened school choice laws.  

I know better than anyone that reading about public policy can be dry as dust. But Dr. DeAngelis writes an exciting story. One chapter, titled “West Virginia goes from 0 to 100,” provides a stirring account of how lawmakers in a union-dominated state overcame reactionary forces to push reform forward. In 2019 state senator Patricia Puertas Rucker, Chair of the Senate Education committee, convinced the state senate to pass her bill to offer 1,000 needy families in an Education Savings Account (ESA) with up to $4,600 per child to pay for private education. 

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News story on solar power in Seattle gets the facts badly wrong
By TODD MYERS  | 
May 21, 2024

What does it cost to generate solar power in Seattle? Conrad Swanson, a writer at the Climate Lab project at the Seattle Times, claims to answer that question in a recent article. However, if you read the entire article, Swanson never provides an actual price, saying only that costs for solar have come down.

If you ask someone the price of something and they only say, “its cheaper than it was,” you can be pretty sure it is still expensive. Solar in Seattle – especially rooftop solar – is very expensive.

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WPC IN THE NEWS

Locally Grown Food Pt 2
By PAM LEWISON  | 
May 16, 2024
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Locally Grown Food Pt 1
By PAM LEWISON  | 
May 15, 2024
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