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- Editorial: The Cap is Out. Now What? March 31, 2015Electric vehicle tax and regulatory incentives, millions in technology investment through the Clean Energy Fund, incentives for solar and distributed energy, refocusing I-937 on carbon reduction and ending coal-by-wire — in any other year, this collection of bills would be considered the makings of a major deal. Even more remarkable: the coalescence of bipartisan support […]
- Legislature Should Keep Simple Tool to Fight Medicaid Fraud March 31, 2015At issue is the state’s 2012 Medicaid False Claims Act, which included what’s known as a “qui tam” provision that allows the state Attorney General Office’s Medicaid fraud unit to share a portion of fraud recoveries with whistle-blowers. Whistle-blowers generally get about 8 percent. The post Legislature Should Keep Simple Tool to Fight Medicaid Fraud […]
- Teachers Line Up to Oppose Use of Statewide Tests in Evaluations March 31, 2015Supporters of Senate Bill 5748 say the proposed changes would let Washington regain its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law. Last year, Washington became the first state in the nation to lose its waiver. Without it, school districts in 2014-15 had to redirect about $40 million toward after-school tutoring, which is […]
- Top 3 International Stories to Watch Today: Yemen, Iraq & Nigeria March 26, 20151) As Houthi rebels continued to gain ground in Yemen this week, Saudi Arabia has decided to step in. The Saudis began “Operation Decisive Storm,” with 150,000 soldiers and a series of air attacks to drive back the Houthis from their positions. Iran has condemned the attacks. The turmoil inside Yemen could lead to great […]
- Top International Stories to Watch Today: Denmark, Israel & Tunisia March 23, 20151) After Denmark announced plans to add radar capability to some of its warships and participate in NATO’s missile shield, Russia made specific threats to target Danish ships. The missile shield is not directed as Russia but at other nuclear threats like Iran. Russia says the move is damaging to Russian-Danish relations and says it will carry out […]
- Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Pakistan & Germany March 18, 20151) The U.S. reiterated that they are looking for a solution in Syria that will not include Assad (after Sec. of State Kerry said the opposite earlier this week). Syria claims they have downed a U.S. drone (that the U.S. admits is missing) for spying in an area where there are no ISIS militants. […]
- John Heilemann: Hillary Clinton’s Entire ‘Convenience’ Defense Has ‘Crumbled at Her Feet’ March 31, 2015
- Justice Department Curbs Use of Asset Forfeiture to Seize Bank Accounts March 31, 2015U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department will restrict the use of civil asset forfeiture laws to seize bank accounts, the latest in a series of moves by the Justice Department to curb the controversial practice of asset forfeiture.
- Obama Vetoes Attempt to Halt Ambush Elections March 31, 2015President Obama vetoed a resolution that would have protected employers from proposed regulations speeding up union elections on Tuesday.
- Autos, Cement, and Greenhouse Gases March 31, 2015America’s environmentalists place undue emphasis on the role of automobiles in greenhouse gas emissions. Their goal of trying to reduce emissions by getting people out of their cars is expensive, self-defeating, and probably unnecessary. According to the EPA, cars and light trucks emit less than 17 percent of the human-caused greenhouse gases produced in America. […]
- Where Will the Money Come From? March 30, 2015During the Antiplanner’s visit to Washington DC last week, I tried to encourage people to think about the incentives created by federal transportation funding. But the first question on the minds of most of the people I talked with was, “How will we pay for highways and transit?” From outside the Beltway, this question almost […]
- Federal Transit Inequities, Part 2 March 27, 2015A few weeks ago, the Antiplanner presented data showing that the distribution of federal transit dollars to urban areas was highly uneven, ranging from 26 cents per transit rider to $2.17 per transit rider. The main factor that appeared to make a difference was whether the urban area was building expensive new rail transit lines. […]