We can thank Measures 66 & 67 for this year’s plumment in our state’s business climate. From the Oregon House Republicans: “In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, […]
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- State and City Climate Policy Is Mired in Symbolism June 30, 2015In 2005, city politicians promised to reduce carbon emissions to meet the goals of the Kyoto Protocol climate treaty. Instead of reducing emissions, however, they actually increased. The post State and City Climate Policy Is Mired in Symbolism appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- A Last Chance for Clean Fuels and Public Transit June 30, 2015As you might have read, yesterday an agreement on Washington's transportation budget was announced that would allow the “poison pill” to stand—pitting transit funding against a clean fuels standard. This is a win for the oil industry and shows the extent of their grip on the legislature. The post A Last Chance for Clean Fuels […]
- Worker’s Comp COLA Is 4.2 Percent for FY 2016 June 30, 2015The maximum monthly benefit will increase to $5,482.90 (from $5,263.50). According to L&I, “Less than 4 percent of L&I claimants receiving wage-replacement benefits collect the maximum.” The post Worker’s Comp COLA Is 4.2 Percent for FY 2016 appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: ISIS, Iran & Libya June 30, 20151) ISIS claimed a lot of violence in the past 24 hours. They beheaded two women in Syria, the first time they have murdered female captives in this manner. The terrorist organization has also claimed a car bombing in Sana’a, Yemen that killed 28 people. Finally, there are new reports that show the French terrorist […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Burundi, Sri Lanka & Greece June 29, 20151) Burundi began legislature voting today despite warnings from the African Union that they would not observe the process. The election comes after months of protests in reaction to President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking an unconstitutional third term. Multiple polling stations have been forced to delay voting after violence, attacks and gunfire. 2) Sri Lanka’s president […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Armenia & NATO June 25, 20151) ISIS has boldly attacked both the Syrian army and Kurdish forces in Syria, including the war-torn city of Kobani. As Kobani fell, Islamic State militants executed 20 Kurds including women and children. ISIS also managed to take hold of most of the city of Hasakeh on Wednesday, where they were previously unable to gain ground. […]
- Feds Spend $676,417 on Anti-Tanning Bed Social Media Campaign for Moms July 1, 2015The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending more than a half a million dollars to create a social media campaign that persuades mothers to tell their daughters not to go to the tanning salon.
- Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Planner to Host Hillary Fundraiser July 1, 2015The man who was paid $175,000 to plan Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and who has boosted his event company through the Clinton’s Washington, D.C., network will be hosting Hillary Clinton for a fundraiser in Massachusetts on Thursday.
- D.C. Gun Carry Applications More Than Triple in Wake of Federal Court Ruling July 1, 2015The number of applications for gun carry permits in Washington, D.C., more than tripled in the aftermath of a federal court ruling declaring part of the city’s law unconstitutional.
- Austerians or Common-Sensicans? June 30, 2015The Greek debt crisis has Paul Krugman waging a verbal war against those he called Austerians, meaning economists who think the solution to being up-to-your-ears in debt is to cut back on spending. (It’s also a pun on Austrian economics, which generally opposes government intervention in just about anything.) “Greece was overspending, but not by […]
- So Much for Low-Capacity Rail June 29, 2015When Orlando decided to fund and operate a commuter train, many residents probably thought they could take the train to major events. Orlando expects to attract 120,000 people to its fireworks show this July 4th, but none of them will take the train to the site. We’ve all heard the claim that a rail line […]
- Red Light for Red, Yellow Light for Purple June 26, 2015Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that he was cancelling Baltimore’s Red light-rail line while approving suburban Washington’s Purple Line. However, that approval comes with a caveat that could still mean the wasteful transit project will never be built. The latest cost estimate for the Purple Line is nearly $2.5 billion for a project that, […]