The presidential candidate fields are narrowing on both the Democratic and Republican sides. The Republicans realistically have eight viable candidates and the Democrats now have two, Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.
Washington is once again the highest wireless tax state in the nation, according to a recent study. Consumers in our state pay a staggering combined (federal, state and local) average wireless tax rate of 25.15%. In comparison, our neighbors to the east and south, Idaho and Oregon, boast wireless tax rates of less than 9%, the lowest in the nation. The national average is around 18%.
State officials say federal regulators are forcing them to restrict the public’s access to HOV lanes on I-405. However, a review of federal rules shows they could stop tolls on Interstate 405 and give the public the popular HOV 2+ and general travel lanes the public paid for in 2003 and 2005.
With approval of I-1366, is Washington (once again) on the path to becoming the 18th state in the country with a supermajority for taxes restriction? Currently 17 states have some form of tax increase restriction. Among them is Colorado which has the strictest one requiring voter approval of all tax increases at the state and local level.
It used to be that unionizing a work place was done for the benefit of the workers. The goal was to help workers negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions. Today, unionizing a work place is done just as much (if not entirely) for the benefit of the union.
On Tuesday, November 17, the Medal of Honor Character Development program is holding a free teacher training conference in character development at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, details here. All middle and high school teachers, and counselors, coaches and administrators are invited to attend.
Two aluminum plants that would be covered by the Governor's proposed climate regulation announced they will be going idle due to international competition. Alcoa announced work at its plants in Ferndale and Wenatchee will be halted, costing nearly a thousand workers their jobs.
On September 4th, in a 6 – 3 ruling that stunned parents three weeks into the school year, Washington’s state supreme court voted to shutter the state’s nine charter schools and forbid the opening of new ones. The ruling suddenly left 1,300 schoolchildren in educational limbo.
Charter schools operate in 42 states and serve some 2.9 million children. They are non-controversial and extremely popular with parents. Before opening, each of Washington’s nine charter schools had to hold lotteries to fill a limited number of slots because of high demand from families.
Olympia City Councilmember Jim Cooper has proposed sweeping labor regulations that would mandate a $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave for all workers in the city, remove businesses’ freedom and flexibility to operate with a part-time workforce and restrict how employers schedule employee shifts. Clearly the proposed “City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance” is about much more than just a minimum wage.
The previous four posts in this five-part series have analyzed the provisions of the proposal. This final post explores how the new regulations would be enforced.
The final provision examined in this five part series dissecting the complex provisions of the proposed “City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance,” mandates paid sick leave for all workers in the city. Introduced by City Councilmember Jim Cooper, the Olympia proposal is alarmingly broad and open-ended.
Shift scheduling is emerging as another battleground issue when it comes to how much discretion employers should have to run their business. Part 3 of the five part series on the proposed “City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance,” covers the three prongs of restrictions and regulations the ordinance would place on Olympia employers when scheduling their
Continuing the five part series dissecting the complex provisions of the proposed “City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance,” is the provision that reflects a growing trend to remove employers’ independent decision-making rights by requiring additional hours be offered to current part-time employees before hiring additional part-time employees.