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House Bill 1893: Getting unemployment benefits to striking workers is a top priority for WSLC
By ELIZABETH HOVDE  | 
Feb 22, 2024

Labor is nervous. A bill that would allow workers who choose not to work to collect unemployment benefits that are meant for people in Washington state who lose work through no fault of their own — and that are funded by employers — is sitting in the Senate Rules Committee. Pleas from The Stand, a free union publication that is “a service of the Washington State Labor Council,” are going out to union members and directing them how to contact lawmakers about House Bill 1893. A rally has also been planned by labor leaders. 

With a continual avalanche of pressure on lawmakers organized by unions — and with union members’ money flowing to Democrats, several of which have been involved in union leadership — it is always notable when bad policy and union handouts like this are resisted. We’ll see what happens soon.

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Fact Check: Would repealing the CO2 tax harm roads and block checks to utility customers?
By TODD MYERS  | 
Feb 22, 2024

If voters repeal the tax on CO2 emissions, known as the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), will it impact highway spending or prevent the state from sending the proposed $200 checks to utility customers?

The answer is simple: No.

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Proposed bill would cut funding to schools that do not adopt controversial state-imposed curriculum
By LIV FINNE  | 
Feb 20, 2024

Yesterday Senator Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), Chair the Senate Education Committee, led majority Democrats on her committee in passing ESHB 2331.  The bill would give a statewide executive branch official, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, new authority to cut the funding of any school that he deems is not requiring Critical Race Theory (CRT), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) or Queer Theory (QT) lessons in the classroom.

Details on the bill and its potential impact on funding cuts is provided in our Legislative Memo analysis. The funding-reduction authority is presented in Section 1, Subsection 2 of the bill.

Republicans on the Committee sought to protect school children from exposure to hurtful ideologies in the classroom.  Senator Jim McCune (R-Graham) proposed Amendment A, to prohibit school districts from approving instruction materials that are “lewd, obscene or pornographic.”  The amendment sought to keep school materials age-appropriate for children, more like “G” or “PG” rather than, “R” and “NC-17.”

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