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To avoid ongoing harm to children, schools should open this fall
By LIV FINNE  | 
Jun 3, 2020

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal has announced his decision that returning to normal school for children in September “is not a viable option.”

His order ignores the emerging science about COVID-19 and represents a real threat to the future education of Washington’s 1.1 million students.

Reykdal wants to cancel high school, and perhaps middle school too. Younger students may be able to attend school in shifts, or just two or three days a week. Children will be expected to wear masks, and stay six feet away from one another. Anticipating Reykdal’s new rules, Seattle Public Schools has described three “re-entry scenarios” to parents:

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Employers know how to operate safely during COVID-19
By MARK HARMSWORTH  | 
Jun 3, 2020

The recent proclamation ‘Safe Start – Stay Healthy’ has relaxed the criteria for re-opening a business in Washington during the COVID-19 crisis. It still requires, however, the government bureaucracy to approve a business for reopening.

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In the midst of COVID-19 crisis, the WEA union can help fix the state budget; here’s how
By LIV FINNE  | 
Jun 2, 2020

Due to Governor Inslee’s economic lock-down the legislature expects tax receipts to decline by $7 billion or more in the years ahead compared to the revenue increases budget writers had expected.

Reducing some of the planned increases in state spending is now the top priority of the governor and the legislature.

On May 13 Governor Inslee ordered hiring freezes on state government.  The same day Governor Inslee’s budget chief, Dave Schumacher, urged immediate attention on achieving spending reductions.

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WPC IN THE NEWS

State may push income tax, again
By JASON MERCIER  | 
May 28, 2020
 |  THE RITZVILLE ADAMS COUNTY JOURNAL
When Covid ‘Science’ Is a Smokescreen
By TODD MYERS  | 
May 27, 2020
 |  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL