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The Washington State Public School Achievement Index rates the quality of more than 2,212 public schools across the state to inform parents. The Index is based on the State Board of Education's Achievement Index for the school year 2012-2013. Following the governor's recommendation for letter grades for public schools, WPC reports the Index rankings with letter grades.

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Friday, August 29, 2014
The news keeps getting better at King County Metro Transit. Metro officials are the beneficiaries of record-breaking sales tax revenues, and are seeing large tax windfalls that were unthinkable just two years ago. Back then, Metro executives assumed their sales tax revenues would grow at a meager pace, and they planned to impose harsh bus cuts in many communities unless they raised taxes. However, a rebounding economy and swelling coffers should allow officials to keep bus service on the road without regressive tax increases.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A story today in The News Tribune demonstrates how the free market works and why government does not need to control the wages a business pays its workers.  Torklift International, a manufacturer of recreational vehicle parts and accessories in Sumner, has decided to raise the wages of its 55 employees to $15 an hour.  The company made this decision voluntarily, because it was a good decision for their business.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A study released by the respected Tax Foundation last week ranks Washington among the top 10 most expensive states in which to live.  The study calculates the real buying power of $100 in each state to measure the true cost of living.