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Supply chain shortages are changing how restaurants source meat
By PAM LEWISON  | 
Apr 10, 2024

Under federal law antibiotics are banned in the food supply, yet food companies feel compelled to market their absence in meat products. One fast food chain recently announced a change to its meat sourcing standards and many customers are questioning the change.

Whether foods are labeled “antibiotic free” or not is irrelevant in the discussion of the existence of antibiotics in meat products. There are strict policies enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the use of antibiotics in the raising of livestock for consumption. Those policies ensure antibiotics are virtually non-existent in the U.S. food supply.

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Olympia lawmakers: Tax relief, please

There’s been debatable talk this month from lawmakers about how often bipartisan legislation successfully winds its way through Olympia. Next session, legislation that should succeed bipartisanly is broad-based tax relief. 

While the state has a surplus of money it isn’t sharing with the taxpayers who provided it, increasing inflation is harming workers and their real average hourly earnings. In addition to increased prices for goods and services, Washingtonians are experiencing government inflation via new payroll taxes for workers that began in 2019 and 2023. With taxes heavy on workers’ minds in April, this month would be a perfect time for state lawmakers to vow to decrease the tax burden in Washington state when they gather next. 

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The increase in California’s minimum wage has already had an impact and it’s not good
By MARK HARMSWORTH  | 
Apr 8, 2024

California's minimum wage increase to $20 per hour for fast food employees, signed into law by Governor Newson late last year, went into effect April 1 and already its impacts are being felt.

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WAGE SURVEY Pt 1
By PAM LEWISON  | 
Apr 11, 2024
 |  FRUIT GROWER REPORT
Seattle schools nixing gifted program in favor of a focus on equity
By LIV FINNE, PETER CORDI, CARLEEN JOHNSON  | 
Apr 10, 2024
 |  WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Earth day interview with John Carlson
By TODD MYERS  | 
Apr 9, 2024
 |  THE COMMUTE WITH CARLSON