No Valentine for voters; 2/3 for taxes fails
Feb 12, 2016

No one likes to go through a breakup but it stings even more when it happens around Valentine's Day. Despite voters sending lawmakers six separate love letters asking that their elected officials feel the love for the will of the people, some in the Senate today decided to continue to ignore the clear message from their constituents by not adopting SJR 8211: Amending the Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to raise taxes. The vote failed 26-23 (needed at least 33 votes). 

Greens: Tax Cuts Are “Too High a Price to Pay” to Address Climate Change
Feb 11, 2016

For years the environmental community has argued Washington is facing a "climate crisis," that we cannot wait any longer to act and we must be willing to pay a price to fight climate change. This week, however, their story changed. Arguing against I-732, the revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative, a representative for the Seattle environmental community said a tax cut is "too high a price" to pay to reduce carbon emissions.

Ironically, she then went on to say the tax cuts weren't large enough to prevent businesses from leaving the state.

That's just the beginning of the contradictions in their statement this week...

Medal of Honor recipients offer teachers lesson plans on courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship and patriotism
Feb 11, 2016

On Tuesday, March 1, the Medal of Honor Character Development program is holding a free teacher training conference in character development at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, details here. All middle and high school teachers, and counselors, coaches and administrators are invited to attend.