Four ways to help the planet on Earth Day (and every other day)
It is Earth Day, so we will be treated to numerous lectures about things politicians must do to save the planet. A study last year, however, found that those skeptical of climate change (generally on the right), do more for the environment in their day to day life. Here are four things people can do to help the environment no matter what day it is.Read the entire blog
SEIU bill imposing $1 billion payroll tax another step closer to Governor’s desk
Last week the Senate passed HB 1087, a bill that would impose a $1 billion annual payroll tax on workers to fund the creation of a Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) entitlement program. The new program would provide limited benefits for certain workers to help pay the cost of long-term care they may need in the future.
While the bill passed the House with little fanfare and some bipartisan support (63-33) on February 21, debate in the Senate was considerably livelier with a party line vote.Read the entire blog
Anti Janus bill headed to Governor’s desk—lawmaker says it isn’t the Legislature’s job to worry if it’s unconstitutional
The Washington state House of Representatives and Senate have approved HB 1575, legislation that includes a laundry list of union giveaways designed to provide an unconstitutional leg up in the post-Janus world. The bill passed along party lines in both chambers as Democrats demonstrated their fealty to the government unions that helped elect them, at the expense of the citizens they are supposed to represent.
All that remains is for the governor to sign the bill into law, which he will undoubtedly do posthaste.Read the entire blog