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For employers, WA state is among cheapest for workers’ comp

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UPDATED (Nov. 11, 2014) — This post was corrected to show that Washington ranks 39th (not 40th) in terms of employers’ actual costs for workers’ compensation, with 11 states (not 10) offering less expensive coverage. By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Nov. 10, 2014) — Last month, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries […]

Amid low voter turnout, GOP takes control

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UPDATED (Nov. 10, 2014) –The latest results as of 8 a.m. Monday are updated in the post below. (Nov. 5, 2014) — The Democratic Party’s hopes of regaining control of the Washington State Senate were shot down on Election Day as Republican incumbents won re-election — in some cases by wide margins — in the […]

Right-wing group’s tax-free status challenged

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand TACOMA (Oct. 30, 2014) — The tax-exempt status of the Freedom Foundation is being challenged by a Tacoma attorney, who accuses the right-wing think tank of conducting attacks exclusively on Democratic politicians, intervening in political campaigns and conducting excessive partisan political activity, including supporting Republican candidates for public office. The […]

Why be WY? Business taxes already low here

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 29, 2014) — The Tax Foundation, a conservative corporate-funded think tank, on Tuesday released its annual 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index that “enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare.” For the third straight year, Washington state ranks 11th […]

Right-wing Freedom Foundation swept, but still suing away

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Oct. 17, 2014) — The Freedom Foundation has now gone 0-for-4 — a sweep in baseball playoff parlance — in its campaign to politicize city governments’ collective bargaining negotiations and to weaken unions. But the litigious right-wing think tank has only just begun its legal assault on the targeted cities, […]

Gov. Inslee candid about state’s challenges at MLKCLC meeting

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Oct. 16, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee spoke about the challenges facing Washington state at Wednesday night’s delegate meeting of the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and then took questions in what became a frank exchange about everything from the latest Boeing tax break, to education and transportation […]

State ranks 23rd, gets ‘C+’ on Women’s Health Report Card

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SEATTLE (Oct. 15, 2014) — Washington is ranked 23rd in the country and received a final grade of “C+” in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released Tuesday by Washington CAN! and NARAL Pro-choice Washington. The report card provides an important measure of the state’s record on women’s health as politicians court women voters ahead […]

Many say minimum wage workers need $15, not just 15¢

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OLYMPIA (Oct. 1, 2014) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced Tuesday that the state minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $9.47 an hour in 2015. That wage is adjusted for inflation every year as a result of Initiative 688, filed in 1988 by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) and […]

L&I staffer helps collect more than $2 million in unpaid wages

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VANCOUVER (Sept. 25, 2014) — A Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) employee has reached a major milestone, recently surpassing more than $2 million in collections for workers who filed wage complaints against employers. David Speer, who is with the agency’s Employment Standards Program in Vancouver, has been on the job for eight years. In […]

State hospital nurses picket for safe staffing

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The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: (Sept. 19, 2014) — Citing concerns over safety for both patients and staff, nurses at Western State Hospital held an informational picket and Eastern State nurses marched on DSHS on Wednesday to call on Gov. Jay Inslee and CEOs Ron Adler and Dorothy Sawyer to address safety and […]

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