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Inslee’s budget plan funds first state pay hikes in 7 years


OLYMPIA (Dec. 19, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a two-year budget on Thursday that funds all of the negotiated pay raises ratified by state employees this fall. For most, it would be the first general wage increases since 2008 — the longest state employees have gone without one since at least 1960. “Far too […]

Inslee’s bold climate plan addresses ‘common good’


SEATTLE (Dec. 18, 2014) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, introduced Gov. Jay Inslee at Wednesday’s press event unveiling the governor’s set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and meet carbon pollution limits adopted by the State Legislature in 2008. Here are Johnson’s remarks from that […]

Gov. Inslee wary of expanding investor rights in trade deals


OLYMPIA (Dec. 16, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter last week to U.S. trade negotiators expressing concerns about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), a controversial provision in three major pending trade agreements. ISDS is a legal provision that has been quietly included in trade agreements over the last few decades that significantly expands the […]

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


UPDATED (Dec. 1, 2014) — L&I has announced that the average increase in workers’ compensation premiums in 2015 will be less than half of the amount initially proposed. Thanks to improved third-quarter financial numbers the average rate increase will be 0.8 percent instead of the previously proposed 1.8 percent increase described in the report below. […]

Amid low voter turnout, GOP takes control


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]


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