Unemployment Insurance: The Wrong Medicine?

Washington employers carry a relatively high financial burden of providing insurance to jobless workers while they seek new employment. In 2015 businesses in the state were projected to pay about $1.25 billion in unemployment...
Attacks On Charter Schools Are Backfiring

Attacks On Charter Schools Are Backfiring

Despite the second concerted legal attack on Washington charter schools in as many years, educators, parents and students are preparing for the new school year with enthusiasm. As the Washington Roundtable recently reported, editorial boards...
Podlodowski, Wyman Tangle On Voter Turnout

Podlodowski, Wyman Tangle On Turnout

The campaign of Washington Secretary of State candidate Tina Podlodowski, a Democrat, has been circulating a graphic on social media attacking incumbent Republican Kim Wyman for declining voter turnout in Washington. It mixes apples...
Data Viz: Market Demand Strong For Fuel, And Supply Chain Growth Is Warranted

Data Viz: Market Demand Strong For Fuel, And Supply Chain Growth Is Warranted

According to supporters of the proposed Vancouver Energy oil transfer terminal in Clark County, Washington, growing national demand for vehicle fuel is one reason the project makes economic sense. In testimony this year to...
Fixing The Growth Management Act

Fixing The Growth Management Act

As Lens reported last week, lawmakers will begin public work sessions next month to look at how the Growth Management Act (GMA) could be improved 25 years after it took effect. They are looking...
Growth Management Act May Get A Refresh

Growth Management Act May Get A Refresh

Washington state legislators on the House Local Government Committee next month will begin a series of public work sessions to look at how to reform the Growth Management Act (GMA) in the 2017 legislative...
Critics: Washington Healthcare Authority, Exchange Still Need To Shape Up

Critics: Washington Health Care Authority, Exchange Still Need To Shape Up

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) administers the state Medicaid program, Apple Health. The Washington healthcare insurance marketplace, or "exchange," is called Healthplanfinder. It aims to provide coverage options for those without work health...
A Fishy Standard For Washington State Water Quality, But It Could Be Even Worse

A Fishy Standard For Washington State Water Quality, But It Could Be Even Worse

The Washington Department of Ecology last week approved new state fish consumption and water quality standards that critics say are too onerous and based on bad methodology. Worse, they say, the rule could be made...
Washington Charter Schools Unfazed By Latest Legal Attack; Growth Is On Track

Washington Charter Schools Unfazed By Latest Legal Attack; Growth Is On Track

Operators of current Washington state charter schools and new ones set to open in 2017 say a new lawsuit by charter opponents is not distracting them, or parents of prospective enrollees, from the important...
Seattle Employer Fees Still An Option, For More City Labor Law Probes And Outreach

Seattle Employer Fees Still An Option, For More City Labor Law Probes And Outreach

Dead for now is a ballot measure on a controversial employee hours-worked tax in Seattle. It would have been to fund more Seattle investigations of employers for city labor law compliance, and for more...
Two GOP Finalists For Treasurer Differ On Approaches To State's $20.6B Debt

Two GOP Finalists For Treasurer Differ On Approaches To State’s $20.6B Debt

According to a report this year by outgoing State Treasurer James McIntire, Washington had $20.6 billion in debt at the end of December, 2015, up from $18.2 billion at the end of 2011. Last...
Hanford, Landfill Operators Seek Carbon Cap Rule Exemptions

Hanford, Landfill Operators Seek Carbon Cap Rule Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) is telling the administration of Washington Governor Jay Inslee that a planned carbon cap rule he is advancing by administrative fiat could wreak havoc with environmental cleanup of the...
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