Archives: Washington Policy Watch

Your Property Tax Hikes Are Charity for an Important Protected Minority – The Very Wealthy


Matthew Caruchet | April 5, 2018

This week, the Seattle Times published an article detailing the travails of people who are leaving the region after the recent property tax increase because taxes have become too high. King County is seeing a nearly 17 percent property-tax increase on average, with Snohomish County seeing 16 percent, Kitsap C

I’ve Been Paid 25 Percent More Because I’m a Man

EPOA Graphic

Matthew Caruchet | February 12, 2018

Washington State made wage discrimination based on gender illegal in 1943. But that law has never been amended, and isn’t really enforced, so women in Washington still make 76.5 percent of men’s earnings. On January 17, a bipartisan supermajority in the Washington House of Representatives passed the Equal Pay

Nipples – The New Side of Jeff Bezos?

Jeff Bezos' nipples

Matthew Caruchet | January 17, 2018

On Friday, the New York Times printed an article on Jeff Bezos’ recent attempts to create a personal brand. The article came on the heels of his and his wife’s $33 million donation to a nonprofit that provides college scholarships to Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as childre

‘A Christmas Carol’: Sending the Poor to Prison

Illustration of the Gosht of Christmas Present by John Leech from the 1800s.

Matthew Caruchet | December 22, 2017

When he was 12 years old in 1824, Charles Dickens worked 10-hour days in a rat-infested shoe-polish factory for six shillings a week. That’s the equivalent of £30.68 or $41.06 in 2017 currency. It was all the money he had to get by. His father, mother, and five siblings aged 2-11 were in prison because the fa

Winter Has Come to Seattle, But We Can Fight It

A Pygmy fights a crane, Attic red-figure chous, 430–420 BC, National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

Matthew Caruchet | November 10, 2017

In old mythology, during the reign of Zeus and Hera, there lived a large tribe of tiny people called the Pygmies. Only two and a half feet tall, they were industrious craftspeople, creating the finest silver, cotton and silk wares in the ancient world. But every winter, flocks of cranes would darken the sky.

Dear Seattle: Having a Rich Neighbor Won’t Make You Rich


Matthew Caruchet | September 29, 2017

Cheerleaders of “prosperity” have treated the economic boom in Seattle like sports fans. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014, crowds filled the streets chanting, “We did it!” While the people in the street didn’t literally touch the ball or score a touchdown, they felt like they had accomplished some

New Data Show Affordable Care Act’s Continued Effectiveness in Washington


Matthew Caruchet | September 15, 2017

The number of people in Washington State without health insurance continued to drop in 2016, according to new data released this week by the Census Bureau. In fact, every state has seen a decrease in uninsured rates since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect. Overall, 94 percent of Washingtonians ha

Don’t Fall for Millionaire Victimhood

A sign welcoming new residents to Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Source: Joe Wolf / Flickr

Matthew Caruchet | August 4, 2017

As ballots are counted across King County, it looks like Prop 1 has failed. It had a worthy purpose – making art more accessible to low-income residents – but it was paid for with yet another sales tax in a city that feels that it’s been taxed enough. But it feels that way because some residents are paying mo

Social Security report shows healthy system in need of fine-tuning


Matthew Caruchet | July 17, 2017

Last week, the Social Security Trustees published their 269-page annual report on the health of the Social Security Trust Funds, which hold the assets that will help fund future retirement benefits for Social Security recipients. In sum, the future of Social Security is bright, as long as some adjustments are

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