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Opioid Crisis Legislation Works Its Way Through Congress
By ROGER STARK  | 
Sep 18, 2018

On a 99-1 vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation yesterday to address the ever-increasing opioid crisis. Yesterday’s bill must still be reconciled with the U.S. House bill passed several months ago, but differences are relatively small. It is hoped that the two houses can reach a compromise bill expeditiously.

The Senate’s legislation is a compilation of 70 separate bills and has a total price tag of $8.4 billion. It attacks the opioid problem on several different fronts.

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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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