George Nethercutt's wonderful life and lasting legacy
Jun 19, 2024

George’s long contacts and friendships in Washington D.C. helped bring some of the nation’s top thought-leaders to speak at WPC’s annual dinner events. It was thanks to George that WPC first brought the Hon. J.C. Watts to keynote our annual event and it was thanks to George that former Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Senator Joe Lieberman, delivered a keynote presentation on choice in education, a presentation that Nethercutt moderated in 2018.

A few years later, in 2021, George was named Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom.  By then the tall, lanky, confident man had lost some of his mobility, vision and speech and, with the aid of Mary Beth, his wife of more than 44 years, he appeared via video at a WPC Dinner one last time to accept the award.

Despite all the hardships progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurodegenerative brain disease, could hit him with, he was still smiling.  He still had his sense of humor, jabbing the other Eastern Washington Congressional District as the second-best one, and assured us he maintained his 6-day a week physical workouts.  

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The constitutionality of California Proposition 22 classifying gig workers as independent contractors, to be decided by the California Supreme Court
Jun 14, 2024

Unions in California, much like the unions here in Washington, are working to re-classify every independent contractor as an employee in an effort to swell the dwindling union ranks. The latest attempt to limit workers freedom is the Service Employees International Union opposition to Proposition 22, passed by the voters of California in 2020 by over 58%.

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With Paid Family and Medical Leave finances still troubled, payroll tax likely to increase

Who could have predicted this? A lot of us. The number of people tapping the taxpayer-provided Paid Family and Medical Leave fund is increasing every year. 

The paid-leave program, abbreviated PFML, was launched in 2020. It imposes a tax on employers and workers, whether or not the workers paying in ever use the program. The money collected is used to allow some workers taxpayer-paid time off of work if they have a serious health condition, need to care for people or want to bond with a new child on taxpayers’ dimes. (And if they can afford to take the program pay rather than their usual pay. PFML provides up to 90% of a person's weekly pay — up to a maximum of $1,456 in 2024.)

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