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Friday, December 19, 2014
Bucking the conventional union argument that right-to-work laws are union-busting, the Secretary-Treasurer of the United Auto Workers says right-to-work laws are good.  In fact, the national labor boss says he actually prefers to organize in a right-to-work state because it helps unions: “This is something I’ve never understood, that people think right-to-work hurts unions…to me, it helps them.”
Friday, December 19, 2014
This week, Governor Inslee announced he wants to raise taxes to spend more on education and transportation, and to give pay raises to state employees. On Tuesday, the Governor announced his $12 billion transportation spending plan, saying he wants to impose a $4.8 billion cap and trade scheme, take on $3.1 billion in new debt, and impose $2.9 billion in “other fees” on people. Earlier this week we learned that Governor Inslee proposed his new tax plan without consulting the State Treasurer first.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Spokane Transit Authority board today decided to ask voters to approve a 0.3% increase in the local sales tax to fund an electric trolley line and other service additions. Such an increase would take the sales tax rate in most of the Spokane area to 9.0% -  one of the highest figures in the state.