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WSDOT officials want to restrict autonomous cars to primarily support transit
By MARIYA FROST  | 
Sep 14, 2018

Autonomous vehicles threaten to disrupt government’s decades-long effort to reduce the use of single-occupant, privately-owned vehicles under the guise of sustainability and safety. Some officials argue that with this technology, traffic congestion would “spread like a cancer,” a reference more to the purported horrors of urban sprawl rather than concern for addressing traffic congestion itself. 

Government is preparing by creating policies that inflate the value of public transit and confine autonomous vehicles to be used for shared mobility.

 

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Standing Up to Goliath
By ERIN SHANNON  | 
Sep 14, 2018

While everyone is talking about the huge victory for worker rights with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, it is worth remembering that another brave public employee blazed the trail for Mark Janus’ landmark case against forced unionization.

Rebecca Friedrichs is a public school teacher from California who spent nearly three decades battling the politics and policies of the union she was forced to pay to represent her.   

Tired of her union’s uncompromising policies that hurt children and teachers, in 2013 Rebecca became the lead plaintiff in a case challenging the forced unionization of public school teachers. 

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Final Obamacare Premium Rate Increases for 2019
By ROGER STARK  | 
Sep 13, 2018

The Office of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner (OIC) recently published the average premium rate increase for people purchasing health insurance in the Obamacare Exchange for 2019. Seven insurance companies will offer 40 plans with an average premium increase of 13.8 percent. This compares to a national average of 3.1 percent. 

Every county in Washington state will have at least one plan available. The two insurers offering plans in the greatest number of counties (19) will get an average rate increase of 16.5 percent.

Sixty percent of people buying health insurance in the Exchange qualify for taxpayer subsidies. So as rates increase, the subsidies likewise increase with a greater burden on taxpayers.

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