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- Worker Comp Rates To Go Up .8% in ’15, Smaller Than Originally Predicted November 26, 2014After years of roller-coaster hikes and dips in worker compensation rates, the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries announced Tuesday that the statewide average rates for next year will increase a modest .8 percent — smaller than the 1.8 percent hike announced in September. The reason for the smaller increase, according to L&I, was stron
- About That Audit: Business, Tax Collectors Talk Ideas For Resolving Appeals Issues November 24, 2014The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has had concerns about the Department of Revenue’s (DOR’s) internal appeal system for years, including basic questions of transparency, said Amber Carter, director of governmental affairs for tax and fiscal policy at the AWB. One of the biggest concerns is the lack of transparency that permeates the internal proce
- Q&A With Gil Brewer, Senior Director of Tax Policy For DOR November 24, 2014Gil Brewer is senior director of tax policy at the Department of Revenue (DOR). He provided an interview to the Washington State Wire for a story about criticisms that the agency’s appeals division was “rubber stamping” decisions against the taxpayer. Brewer explains that the internal – and low-cost – appeals process is not designed to […] The post Q&A W
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today November 26, 20141) Today in Nigeria, 2 female suicide bombers killed 21 people in a busy market in the Northeastern part of the country, an area known for being the center of a Islamic insurgency. While people attempted to help the victims of the first bomb, the second attack happened. Boko Haram is suspected of being behind […]
- 3 Major Differences Between Acceptable and Unacceptable Risks November 20, 2014Life is a risk. Everything we do and everywhere we go are all fraught with risks. You could get hit by a car while walking the dog, or slip in your bathroom and crack your hip. The point is everything in life, relationships, the workplace and in our hobbies all contain an element of risk. […]
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today November 12, 20141) Tens of thousands of people have come out to protest in Mexico City in response to the 43 missing (most likely massacred) students. Today President Nieto condemned the protests after they took a violent turn which involve setting fire to the door of the presidential palace. 2) Today the U.S. has blacklisted 2 Houthi […]
- Steyn vs. Mann and the ‘Toilet’ D.C. Justice System November 26, 2014Mark Steyn is tired of the “toilet” D.C. justice system. And he still has a long way to go. More than two years have passed since Penn State University professor Michael Mann filed a defamation lawsuit against Steyn and other conservatives for criticizing his global warming research.
- House Report Says CIA Monitored Arms Shipments to Syria November 26, 2014The CIA was spying on arms shipments from Libya to Syrian rebels at the time of the 2012 attack on its Benghazi facility, according to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. But a controversial Committee report asserts the CIA did not make “unauthorized” arms shipments to the Syrian rebels, further confusing what the two dozen officers and con
- Turkeys November 26, 2014
- Happy Thanksgiving November 27, 2014Safe travels.
- Racism, War, and the Environment November 26, 2014The Antiplanner grew up in the 1960s, when racism was rampant, we were fighting an undeclared and, many believed, immoral war on the other side of the world, and air pollution was so thick in American cities that visibility was often significantly reduced. By the time I was out of college in the mid-1970s, the […]
- Transit-Oriented Developments Not So Transit Oriented November 25, 2014The evidence continues to grow that so-called transit-oriented development (TOD) is more oriented to subsidies than it is to transit. A new GAO report found lots of places where rail transit failed to stimulate new development. In many if not most of the places it found TODs, “supportive zoning, planning, infrastructure investments, and tax incentives” […]