Hundreds of special corporate tax giveaways now riddle Washington’s tax code. We’re losing billions we could be investing for the common good. Meanwhile, the taxes that remain fall much harder on the little guy, while leaving the wealthy alone.
Tuition for the University of Washington now takes up almost one-third of the typical wage earner’s annual salary. Students and their families are left on their own too often. What can we do? Two of our State Senators have an idea. Right now, their bill to cut tuition at our state's four-year colleges is just a dream. But it doesn't have to be this way. Our tax code is full of holes for privileged corporations. Closing just this one would allow the legislature to permanently reduce tuition at our public colleges and universities.
Seattle has a paid sick days ordinance that guarantees workers paid sick days. But in Everett, Arlington, Mountlake Terrace, or Edmonds, this isn't the case. In fact, it is a different story for over one million workers in Washington who are not allowed to earn paid sick days on the job. That’s why we need House Bill 1356 - a bill that would guarantee Washington workers five paid sick days per year - that recently passed the state house. Next stop? The Senate.
Tuition for the University of Washington now takes up almost one-third of the typical wage earner's annual salary. But State Sens. John Braun, R-Centralia, and Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, have an idea. They introduced a bill to cut tuition at our four-year colleges. It currently lacks a funding source and without funding, these tuition cuts are completely hypothetical. But it doesn't have to be this way - and there is a solution.
Why are state lawmakers pushing a bill, HB 1922, that will insure poor people stay poor and the struggling working class always struggling?
If your friend told you that she could get a payday loan of $700, and that the interest would be 36%, plus a small loan origination fee of 15%, plus a monthly maintenance fee of 7.5%, you might advise her to get out her calculator. Here’s why.
If your friend told you that she could get a payday loan of $700, and that the interest would be 36 percent, plus a small loan origination fee of 15 percent, plus a monthly maintenance fee of 7.5 percent, you might advise her to get out her calculator. Here's why.
12… 12… 12. It seems that everywhere we look, we see 12s. Windows, doors, cars, shirts, socks … 12, 12, 12. Which is as it should be, leading up to the second Super Bowl in a row for the Seahawks. So 12 is key to paving the way to the Super Bowl. It is also a key to decent pay in our state. In Olympia there is a movement for 12 as well, but it won't end on Sunday. It is a movement to establish $12 an hour as our statewide minimum wage.
The economy is doing well. But the reality of current state financing is that we just don’t have the money to pay for high quality education and good and appropriate public goods and services. If the economy is doing so well, where is that money?
Now that the Washington Legislature is back at work, they need to confront a fundamental reality of current state financing: We just don't have the money to pay for high quality education and good and appropriate public goods and services. Yet the economy is doing well - so where is that money?
The stock market is going great guns. But let’s be clear about this money: it is the automatic effect of wealth creating more wealth. If you have money, you make money, creating more wealth, more privilege and more power. So what is the good news, if it isn’t the stock market? How about the 15 cent increase to our state’s minimum wage?
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