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Study of legislators’ assets finds ‘Millionaire Coalition Caucus’

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OLYMPIA (July 2, 2014) — A detailed new analysis of public records shows that at least half of the Washington State Senate Republicans’ Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) members have a net worth of $1 million or more. “Despite having benefited the most from our roads, schools, and infrastructure, these 13 members of the of the […]

Community to corporate leaders: Pay fair share for education

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The following is from Stand Up 4 Education: SEATTLE (June 20, 2014) — Following on the heels of a state budget forecast that reflects insufficient funds for maintaining existing public services and fulfilling a constitutional obligation to fund public schools, a coalition of community members is going straight to the Washington Roundtable — one of […]

Washington is ranked as the best state to work

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (June 13, 2014) — Every year, corporate lobbying groups inundate Washington’s elected officials with state-by-state rankings in an effort to convince them to change policies. These rankings tend to be about business competitiveness — how the state compares to others on everything from workers’ compensation premiums, to unemployment insurance costs, […]

WFSE optimistic as state contract talks begin

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The following is crossposted from the Hotline of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (May 21, 2014) — It seems the whole world is watching our Federation General Government Bargaining Team, which formally kicked off contract talks with Gov. Inslee’s negotiators Tuesday. “Talks begin for new state worker contracts for pay […]

Health insurers’ proposed rate changes are lowest in 7 years

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OLYMPIA (May 14, 2014) — Seventeen health insurers have filed more than 230 individual health plans for 2015 both inside and outside the Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. The average proposed rate change for the individual market is 8.25 percent. This represents the lowest requested average rate change in seven years.  The plans, provider networks, and rates […]

2014 Legislative Report: ‘Another taste of political gridlock’

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OLYMPIA (April 29, 2014) — The 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature was “another bitter taste of Washington, D.C.-style political gridlock” as Senate Republicans blocked votes on dozens of pro-working family policies and job-creating infrastructure investments. Instead, the GOP launched aggressive election-year attacks against public employees and workplace standards that had no chance of […]

State workers’ comp system posts strong gains, L&I reports

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (April 18, 2014) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reported April 4 that the financial condition of state-run workers’ compensation system continues to recover steadily from the recession. L&I says that the system’s net operations income grew by $191 million in the second half of 2013, […]

Labor laws set and ‘The Sky Remains Aloft’

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New report chronicles history of business lobby’s mistaken doomsday predictions   SEATTLE (April 9, 2014) — The 9-hour day will hurt department stores. A 25¢ minimum wage will destroy all jobs in the South. Paid sick leave will cost Seattle $90 million. As Seattle continues to debate the $15 minimum wage, many of the far-fetched […]

Senate work session tackles issue of retirement insecurity

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The following is from the Washington State Senate Democrats: OLYMPIA (April 9, 2014) — State Democratic legislators held a work session Tuesday to cast a light onto a considerable and growing problem — retirement insecurity, or the degree to which Washingtonians are unprepared for retirement. One in four Washington residents between the ages of 45-64 […]

Senate work session on April 8 to address retirement insecurity

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OLYMPIA (April 7, 2014) — A retirement insecurity crisis is looming that threatens the middle class and people working their way into it, as more and more Americans face retirement with financial worry and hardship. In fact, one in four Washington residents between the ages of 45-64 years old has $25,000 or less in savings. […]

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