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Agriculture community needs to talk about how tax preferences affect operations
By MADILYNNE CLARK  | 
Jul 19, 2018

Losing thes agricultural exemptions would significantly deter growth of agricultural in Washington state, so it is vital that farmers and agricultural businesses talk about what these preferences do for their daily decision making.

On Friday, July 20th from 1-4 p.m. in Yakima there is an opportunity to do just that, by attending the meeting hosted by the Tax Structure Work Group. This is your opportunity to attend the meeting to talk about how these preferences affect your daily decision making.  

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WEA union resorts to personal attacks to distract teachers from learning of their new rights
By LIV FINNE  | 
Jul 19, 2018

Last week the WEA union personally attacked employees of the Freedom Foundation and Washington Policy Center (WPC), including me, for informing public employees about their new rights under Janus v. AFSCME. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Janus last month. The WEA is trying to distract attention from discussion about the importance of Court’s ruling. Teachers now have a choice they have been denied for too long.  

Before Janus, school employees were forced to pay dues to the WEA union to keep their jobs. They were not given a real choice.  They could either:

  1. Join the WEA and pay dues,

or

  1. Not join the WEA and pay fees.

Either way, teachers were stuck. They paid whether they wanted the association with the union or not. 

But now, after Janus, teachers and other public employees do not have to pay union dues, unless they “affirmatively consent to pay.”

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Small Steps for Health Care Reform by the House Ways and Means Committee
By ROGER STARK  | 
Jul 18, 2018

One year ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a substantial health care reform bill. The U.S. Senate was unable to do the same and consequently, major health care reform died. This past week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed multiple bills that would allow more patient control and less government intervention in our health care system. 

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