Legislative consideration is usually a slow and deliberative process, for good reason. The Boeing package was pushed through in a special two-day session, called for just that reason and paid for by the taxpayers of our state -- to the tune of $305 million that went to bulk up the stock buyback for Boeing shareholders. That is a disservice to the citizens of this state.
What is the value of work? Is it what you get paid? Economists trained to embrace the private market simply equate the value of your work with your wage. It's simple, easy to understand…and wrong.
It's too bad paying taxes feels like such a solitary activity, because it's really a community endeavor. I think of it like a potluck buffet: everyone brings a little something to the table, and as a result we all have more to choose from. Is this “potluck buffet” perfect for me personally? Not always. But it works for my fellow citizens pretty well.
Sen. Ted Cruz has one thing correct about the founding fathers. They did craft the constitution to act as chains to bind. But these chains bound slavery to liberty, enforced servitude to free labor, and agricultural production to plantation elites.
While women in other states can celebrate recent strides toward equality, here in Washington our state Legislature marked Women’s History Month by closing down its 2016 regular session on March 10 with bills that attacked gender inequity...dead in their tracks.
Mention “the web” and many people will think you're talking about the Internet. But when you're having a serious medical problem, you see an entirely different network in action.
Making policy changes that increase economic security for younger working families now, with particular attention to gender and racial disparities, will improve outcomes for all generations.
This month is Black History Month. In reality, every month is Black History month, because without black people, there would be no United States. Black history is tied up with slavery and capitalism, territorial expansion, annihilation of native Americans, the Civil War, Jim Crow, and ongoing inequality. It is tied up with these elements not as a peripheral happening on the margins of America, but as central to American development.
The neighborhood parents have bonded, not just over sleep schedules and teething, but also commiserating over how both moms and dads had to return to work too soon. And these are middle class parents who could afford to buy a house in Seattle in the past few years.
Washington state's proposed Family and Medical Leave Insurance is a completely American solution, like Social Security -- one that will protect workers and families when they need it most.
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