Franz Shifts Message On State Timber Sales

Franz Shifts On State Timber Sales

In a debate hosted by the Association of Washington Business at Suncadia last week between the general election contestants for Washington Public Land Commissioner, Democrat Hilary Franz seemed to move toward a reversal of her previously...
Regional Housing Crisis Headed To Lawmakers

Regional Housing Crisis Headed To Lawmakers

Already considered by the President of Seattle King County Realtors to be a crisis that is “ugly and getting uglier,” housing affordability in Greater Seattle will worsen unless regional leaders and state lawmakers re-set...
Seattle Getting Granular About Work, Again

Seattle Set To Micromanage Private Sector Work Scheduling; Employers Alarmed

In a move that could inspire similar legislation in other cities nationwide, the Seattle City Council “secure scheduling” ordinance is likely to pass Monday after clearing the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts...
A Fresh Start For Washington's Watchdog

A Fresh Start For Washington’s Watchdog

Whoever is elected, the troubled State Auditor’s Office (SAO) will get a fresh start in 2017. The two candidates to take over the embattled post argued this week at Suncadia over which one is...
Cracking The Code To More K-12 Computer Science In Washington State

Cracking The Code To More K-12 Computer Science In Washington State

Demand for computer science jobs in Washington is three times greater than for all other jobs combined. Average starting pay in the state is a healthy $105,584. However, there’s a problem. The state isn’t...

Washington Exporters Renew Push To Expand Global Trade, Via TPP

Prospects for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the U.S. and 11 other nations remain uncertain. According to The Hill, Congress is unlikely to consider it this fall during their lame-duck session following the November...
Reversing The ACA Meltdown: More Power To The People

Reversing The ACA Meltdown: More Power To The People

An estimated 29,000 Washingtonians purchasing individual health plans will have to choose between one or two insurers within the state healthcare exchange for 2017, according to a report released last month by the Kaiser...

Public Pension Reform: A Work In Progress

Washington has eight public pension systems for employees of state and local governments, and 15 plans within those systems. According to the latest numbers provided by the Office of the State Actuary, the state...
Finding A Fix For The Differences Between Washington School Districts

Finding A Fix For The Differences Between Washington School Districts

As in other states, employers in Washington underscore their vital stake in K-12 and higher education. Workers who can think, speak, write, and compute clearly, and who can master higher-order organizational and technical duties...
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