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It’s time to correct our state’s revenue system

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OLYMPIA (March 27, 2015) — Debate on Washington’s state budget for the next two years kicks into high gear today with the release of the House budget proposal, just one month from the scheduled end of the 2015 legislative session on April 26. Our state’s population and costs and demands for state services continue to […]

Cuts have stalled state economy, report finds

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The following is from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center: (March 25, 2015) — The foundations required for a strong economy in Washington state are cracking. On more than half of almost 100 measures of progress — from employment opportunities for our residents to the education of future generations — we are stalled or […]

Legislative Update: Can we get fair hearings?

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Minimum wage, sick leave will get Senate hearings, but many others met with silence   UPDATE (March 26, 2015) — HB 1646, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, has been added to the hearing schedule in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee for Monday, March 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., along with the minimum wage […]

Lift ban on using local funds for college faculty step increases

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Statewide call-in day Tuesday to urge Baumgartner to move HB 1863   OLYMPIA (Mar. 23, 2015) — Like many public employees, it’s been six years since community and technical college faculty have received a cost-of-living pay adjustment. To make matters worse, they have not received step increases on their salary schedule for six years. These […]

Zombies attack Capitol to keep films, jobs in Washington

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OLYMPIA (March 18, 2015) — Hundreds of film and television crew members staged an apocalyptic film set, complete with zombies, Tuesday as part of an effort to educate lawmakers in Olympia about the importance of Washington Filmworks, the state’s film incentive. Hundreds of production crew members and small business owners came to Olympia to encourage passage of SB 6027, […]

Cutoff carnage: The good, bad, and undead

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Deadline for floor passage inspires votes, dooms many bills—for now   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (March 12, 2015) — Yesterday was the cutoff deadline for policy bills to pass their houses of origin, which led to a flurry of floor votes this week. Key bills affecting working families — some […]

Urge state representatives to support Family Unity Act

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OLYMPIA (March 9, 2015) — To identify potentially deportable immigrants, the federal “Secure Communities” program provides immigration agents with fingerprint records collected at local jails. In many cases, federal agents would ask local law enforcement officials to hold inmates believed to be in the country illegally so they could be transferred to federal custody. At […]

Legislative Update: Dismantling of workers’ compensation

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Safety net for injured workers targeted by big business in state, across nation   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (March 5, 2015) — This week, ProPublica and NPR reported the results of a ground-breaking national investigation into the systematic destruction of the safety net for workers injured on the job, which […]

House action on wages, sick days applauded

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OLYMPIA (March 4, 2015) — Following are some reactions to Tuesday’s House passage of legislation to increase the minimum wage to $12 over four years (HB 1355) and to allow all workers in the state to earn paid sick leave (HB 1356) from low-wage workers and the bills’ supporters and sponsors. June Conklin, an Olympia […]

WSLC applauds House action on minimum wage, sick leave

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(March 3, 2015) — The following statement was released this afternoon by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: Today, the Washington State House of Representatives made substantial progress in promoting shared prosperity in Washington state.  Raising the state minimum wage and allowing all workers to earn paid sick leave to care […]

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