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Archive for: February, 2012

GOP: Don’t hold non-partisan jobs bills hostage

OLYMPIA (Feb. 29) — Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla) commended the bipartisan supplemental capital budget proposal released by Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) and Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-Wenatchee) on Tuesday. But he has urged his Republican colleagues in the Senate to withhold their support for this Infrastructure Jobs legislation “until some of […]

Save our schools, Kochs vs. labor, ‘outrageous’ pay…

STATE LEGISLATURE   ► In today’s Olympian — Democrats’ budget leaves schools alone—  Senate Democratic leaders laid out a partisan budget plan Tuesday that spares public schools and universities from new spending cuts and, like the House Democrats’ offering last week, avoids a tax referendum. The proposal also saves big swaths of the human services […]

99% rolls out the red carpet for Mitt R-money

BELLEVUE — On March 1, some of the richest people in Washington State will gather in one of the richest zip codes in the country to invest their money in the richest presidential candidate in history, a man who promises to to lower taxes on the rich even further. Visitors to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt […]

‘Smart plan’ for jobs, Buffett on corporate taxes, lyin’ cheatin’ rich…

STATE LEGISLATURE   ► In today’s (Everett Herald) — Smart plan for now, future (editorial) — (The Infrastructure Jobs Bond) would get projects moving quickly across the state. In Snohomish County, it would fund public-works, housing and hatchery projects, and classroom upgrades at Everett Community College. The result, beyond immediate jobs in the battered construction […]

IBEW members work to keep U.S. troops safe

By DAVID GROVES The Stand For Arne Bjorkelo of Seattle, “Support Our Troops” means a lot more than a bumper sticker. It means living and working in the most grueling, dangerous conditions to make sure American soldiers are as safe and comfortable as possible. Bjorkelo, a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46, […]

Jobs bills, GOP war on unions, public service pride…

 STATE LEGISLATURE   ► At — House ‘jobs’ bills on the move (on one leg only)— The Washington jobs-stimulus package moved out of the House Capital Budget Committee early Friday, but not the way chairman Hans Dunshee might have wanted. Votes on three bills in the plan fell along party lines – with Dunshee […]

Amid health care debate in Olympia, ‘people are dying’

OLYMPIA — If you didn’t hear about this week’s compelling testimony by Jaydra Cope of Spokane about the dire need for affordable, accessible health care insurance in Washington State, then you missed a brave mother putting a human face on a tragedy too often described by statistics. That face belonged to her brother, Delton, a […]

USPS job killers, WA Filmworks, freedom isn’t free…

U.S.P.S. JOB KILLERS   ► From Reuters — USPS closings to lead to tens of thousands of job cuts — The U.S. Postal Service announced plans on Thursday to close or consolidate 223 mail processing centers and eliminate up to 35,000 jobs as part of its strategy to cut costs by reducing its network of […]

House jobs bills would ‘jumpstart’ economy

OLYMPIA (Feb. 24) — The House Capital Budget Committee heard testimony on Thursday that a bipartisan $1.3 billion jobs package would stem the tide of persistent joblessness in the construction industry, invest in public infrastructure that would spur private-sector growth, and boost the state economy — and its operating budget. Supporters have referred to the […]

USW ratifies deal at Cooper Tire in Ohio, ending lockout

UPDATE (Feb. 27) — Steelworkers ratify agreement with Cooper Tire, ending lockout — The USW said that members of Local 207L have ratified a five-year contract with Cooper Tire, ending a three-month lockout at the company’s Findlay, Ohio tire plant. The new contract was ratified with approximately 66% of the 948 ballots cast. (Feb. 24) […]


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