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The bottom line on Washington’s 2010 ballot measures

When lawmakers come back to Olympia next January, they’ll face an estimated $3 billion revenue shortfall thanks to the ongoing recession/weak recovery – and that’s on the heels of about $5.2 billion in cuts over the past three years. So

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Calculate vote with our kids in equation

From the Everett Herald: When I think about our future, I think about Mikey, Liana, David, Sean and Stephanie. They are among the high school students I coach in cross country at Ballard High School. They are not the fastest

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Why Washington voters should approve Initiative 1098

From the Washington Business Magazine: By Don Barbieri and Marilyn Watkins Initiative 1098 provides the right reform mix to create a brighter future for Washington: new investments in education and health care, tax cuts for small businesses and property owners

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Cue the Laffer track when reading latest Wall Street Journal column on Initiative 1098

A new assault on economic wisdom written by Arthur Laffer claims taxing the wealthy will stymie personal income and tax revenue — but it’s a textbook example of using selective data to support a predetermined conclusion. Arthur Laffer is the

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Initiative 1098 is about fairness

From the Spokane Spokesman-Review: By Donald K. Barbieri I am proud to be chairman of Red Lion Hotels Corporation and former CEO, but my thoughts on the importance of Initiative 1098 are my personal observations. However, it is the 40

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