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Seattle announces it will lower speed limit on all arterials to 25mph
By MARIYA FROST  | 
Dec 11, 2019

The city does indirectly acknowledge that spending a million on signage to reduce the speed limit isn’t all that is needed. The Seattle Department of Transportation outlines at least four major contributing factors to crashes in Seattle, which include distraction (30% of total crashes), impairment (20% of fatal crashes each year), speeding (20% of fatal crashes), and failure to yield to pedestrians (10% of fatal crashes). Unfortunately, for people who choose to drive drunk or high, or not pay attention to the road – reduced speed limit signs will probably not make a big difference.  

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Granger becomes third city to ban local income tax
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Dec 11, 2019

The Granger City Council last night unanimously adopted a local income tax ban. Granger becomes the third city to adopt this type of taxpayer protection in the last month joining Spokane and Spokane Valley. All three cities are reacting to the shocking state Appeals Court decision from July overturning state law banning a local income tax. That Seattle income tax case is currently under appeal to the State Supreme Court. Spokane voters were the first to act on election day when 72% approved Proposition 2 prohibiting a local income tax (passed in every precinct in the city). Then Spokane Valley’s city council unanimously adopted a local income tax ban on November 26.

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Dear Santa: My policy wish list for 2020
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Dec 10, 2019

Dear Santa: For Christmas this year I’d like the legislature to adopt several reforms during the 2020 Legislative Session. In no particular order, here is my policy wish list: Ban title only bills, adopt tax transparency website, no state or local income tax, adopt emergency clause reform, subject legislature to public records, adopt constitutional amendment requiring supermajority for taxes, require government collective bargaining transparency, allow district elections for the State Supreme Court and provide a real election day. To help your elves work their magic, here are additional details . . . 

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