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Senate Republican budget plan short-changes state employees

GOP ignores state collective bargaining laws, slashes negotiated raises   OLYMPIA (March 21, 2017) — The long-awaited Senate Republican budget proposal was released today, and just as it did two years ago, it short-changes state employees and ignores the state’s collective bargaining laws. Rather than a straight up-or-down vote on the negotiated and ratified state […]

New state revenue forecast shows that tax reform can’t wait

State revenues continue to lag behind Washington’s economic growth   The following is from Andy Nicholas and Kelli Smith of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center: OLYMPIA (March 17, 2017) — All too often, certain lawmakers in Washington state who are ideologically opposed to creating a more just and sustainable tax system have leaned […]

Hold Boeing accountable for state tax breaks (WSLC Leg. Update)

New bills would protect Washington jobs as Boeing cuts continue   OLYMPIA (March 13, 2017) — With support from organized labor, Washington’s Legislature has approved major tax incentives in recent years with the clearly expressed intent to maintain and grow the state’s aerospace workforce. Most recently in 2013, that’s what the Legislature and The Boeing […]

Updated status report on working-family legislation

OLYMPIA (March 13, 2017) — Here’s a status report on some key working family bills that remain in play in the 2017 session of the Washington State Legislature. These bills have been previously described in the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Update newsletter and here at The Stand. This is not a comprehensive list. There […]

Join WSLC at March 14 hearing for Clean Energy Transition Act

OLYMPIA (March 10, 2017) — Despite having a federal government that refuses to acknowledge climate change, the coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses that comprise the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy strongly believes that Washington state can, and must, step up as a leader for effective and equitable climate policy. The Clean Energy Transition […]

Post-cutoff update from Olympia on working family legislation

UPDATED (March 9, 2017) — Yesterday’s cutoff has come and gone. Working families scored a significant victory as the House passed Rep. Tana Senn’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1506) on a bipartisan 61-36 vote. Although there was no vote on Family and Medical Leave Insurance (HB 1116), that bill is budget-related so it is […]

Transportation coalition decries Senate’s possible ST3 delays

Business, labor urge Legislature to collaborate, not undermine voters   The following is from the Transportation Choices Coalition: OLYMPIA (March 7, 2017) — On Monday, the Washington State Senate met to discuss measures that will delay the implementation of our region’s mass transit system, ignoring the will of the voters to expand and improve regional […]

Bill seeks prescription drug price transparency to manage costs

UPDATE (March 6, 2017) –Today, the House voted, 52-46, to approve 2SHB 1541, largely on party lines with Democrats voting “yes” and Republicans “no.” It now advances to the Senate. OLYMPIA (March 6, 2017) — As Washington state legislators struggle this year to write a budget that fully funds public education while maintaining other essential […]

Washington Voting Rights Act passes House for 5th year

OLYMPIA (March 2, 2017) — The House of Representatives has again passed the Washington Voting Rights Act, which would enable cities and counties to fix unfair, undemocratic voting systems and avoid costly litigation. This is the fifth year in a row that the Democratic-controlled House has passed this legislation; earlier versions have not made it […]

Republicans tee up annual proposal to cut workers’ comp

OLYMPIA (March 1, 2017) — Every year, business groups in Olympia seek benefit cuts and eligibility restrictions for the Washington’s workers’ compensation safety net for injured workers and their families — and 2017 is no exception. SB 5822, sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, the Spokane Republican who has also sponsored legislation to make Washington a […]

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