Investment in schools is key to success. Plus: taxes, jobs-credit proposal, unemployment and job creation

January 14, 2009 | Alex Stone

Bad times the right time to invest in state’s schools: Terry Bergeson, Washington state’s outgoing superintendent of public instruction, agrees that teacher pay raises should be suspended temporarily during this year’s extreme budget crunch. However, she urges caution in making other cuts to schools that could devastate gains made in the past two decades of school-reform efforts.

Taxes will have to be raised, eventually: During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama portrayed his tax plan as a way to help “spread the wealth around.” That was an unfortunate choice of words, though not as silly as the “conservative” formulation that raising taxes “punishes success.”

Obama Shelves Jobs-Credit Proposal: Bowing to widespread Democratic skepticism, President-elect Barack Obama will drop his bid to include a business tax break he once touted in the economic stimulus bill now taking shape on Capitol Hill, aides said last night.

A record 90,331 applied for unemployment benefits last month: Washington’s Employment Security Department sent out this news release a few minutes ago. This morning, Washington State Labor Council representatives met with the ever-dwindling press corps in Olympia to lay out their agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

The [Washington State] Senate Democrats’ plan for job creation: I just got back from a press conference with  Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and a half dozen other Democrats in the Senate. They were announcing a package of bills aimed at creating jobs across the state in high-demand areas, like healthcare and “green” jobs.

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