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Archive for: November, 2011

The ‘new Gregoire,’ where’s Jaime, stimulus jobs…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At the Slog — “Why should the voters be willing to sacrifice for themselves if the state worker unions are not willing to do the same?” — After she announced her drive for a half-cent sales tax increase yesterday, Gov. Chris Gregoire was asked the above question by a reporter. In […]

Make plans to Occupy the Capitol this week

On Monday, Nov. 28, the Washington State Legislature will convene for a special legislative session called by Gov. Chris Gregoire with plans to cut another $2 billion in state services. This is on top of the $10 billion in cuts over the past three years, which have eliminated thousands of jobs, cost families their health […]

Gregoire’s cuts, SuperCommittee!™, Sanders nails it…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Gregoire proposes $1.7 billion in cuts, temporary sales tax increase — Gregoire proposes $1.7 billion in cuts to state government, including shortening the school year, reducing university support, and eliminating the Basic Health and Disability Lifeline medical programs for 55,000 low-income residents. But she is seeking more than […]

Labor-community economic agenda released

OLYMPIA (Nov. 21) — After consulting with its affiliated unions and community allies, the Washington State Labor Council will try something new in the special legislative session that begins Nov. 28 and the 2012 session. The WSLC will pursue a budget agenda in coordination with community, religious and small business groups that share labor’s concerns […]

More cuts won’t work; revenue options are needed now

By LYNNE DODSON For the past two legislative sessions we have seen all-cuts budgets. Over the last three sessions $10 billion of cuts have been made. As we head into the special session on November 28, the state is deeper in debt (to the tune of more than $2 billion), unemployment still hovers over 9%, […]

State budget, Boeing’s 737 MAX, no debt deal…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At — Gregoire says she is worn out — At the National Philanthropy Day luncheon in Seattle, Gov. Chris Gregoire said she is “worn out” from all the budget cutting she has been forced to do the last three years. Gregoire had already departed the luncheon when she received a […]

Washington: The proven choice for Boeing

Amid the gloom of the struggling national economy, things are looking up for The Boeing Co. The company’s profits and stock prices are up, beating analysts’ predictions. It has raised its production rates and earnings forecast. It is hiring more workers for its commercial airlines division. And all that was before this week’s announcement of […]

‘Jobs not cuts,’ Boeing’s big week, USPS meetings…

OCCUPY, ‘SEIZE,’ WHATEVER   ► In today’s Seattle Times — University Bridge seized in rush-hour rally for jobs — Hundreds of demonstrators marched onto Seattle’s University Bridge on Thursday, snarling traffic during the evening rush hour in one of several rallies nationwide for “Jobs Not Cuts.” Among them were union workers, students, Occupy Seattle activists […]

1,000-plus occupy Seattle bridge to demand ‘jobs, not cuts’

SEATTLE (Nov. 17) — More than a thousand workers, students, unemployed people, and other community members peacefully marched to Seattle’s University Bridge tonight to declare an economic emergency for the 99%. The march was part of a National Day of Action taking place in dozens of cities across the country from New York to Los […]

The Stand goes… sporadic!

The entire staff of The Stand was injured when a street sign jumped in front of their bicycle during Wednesday’s commute home. So for the time being, look for fewer postings… and pain med-induced ramblings. I know, I know. “How will we tell the difference?” Very funny. P.S. Helmets work! UPDATE: No surgery needed! Just […]


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