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Housing density: coming soon to your small town?

The pressure on the Central Puget Sound housing market is as intense as it may have ever been. Driven by a hot employment market...
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Supreme Court upholds tax fairness for retailers

Retailers across the nation have won a hard-earned victory with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on sales tax fairness. After a 5-4 vote last...
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Our long McCleary nightmare is over. Now, the real work of reforming public education...

Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court gave its blessing to the work of several consecutive legislatures: a grinding political effort to meet the...
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Homeownership: Time to tap unused tools

June is National Homeownership Month, which was established to promote the many benefits of owning a home. Homeownership provides stability for individuals and families,...
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Washington state’s future depends on saving Seattle from itself

By now, most Seattleites should realize that some of the goo-goo-eyed infatuation the outside world has had for the city is fading.  That is...
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Washington must welcome heavy industry to hedge service sector instability

The great recession has greatly receded across much of Washington state. Although rural Washingtonians lag their metropolitan counterparts, the average household is experiencing at...
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Business owners: Head tax yet another burden

With small businesses struggling and closing all over Seattle, many business owners feel the City Council is working against them. The latest of these...
Statewide soda tax ban would send an important message: Do policy smarter.

Statewide soda tax ban would send an important message: Do policy smarter.

The Seattle Lab has another magic elixir – a tax on some sweetened beverages like sports drinks and soda – hyped as a much-needed...
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Finding balance among jobs, housing, environment key to growth planning

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is about to undertake an update of Vision 2040, which sets forth a blueprint for growth in King,...
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Sound Transit will never be accountable to taxpayers until we directly elect its board

Washingtonians have a simple expectation of those who make our laws and spend our money: hear our concerns, respond and be accountable. For more than...
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Freight rail must roll on

A new report by the Washington State Department of Transportation offers some pretty high praise for our state’s freight network and the rail lines...
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Low carbon fuel standard a plan for well-intentioned failure

All ideas are not equal; not by a long shot. There are good ideas and bad. There are also good ideas that create bad realities –...
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State energy savings bill would discourage progress

Makers and sellers of consumer electronics are voicing their opposition to a bill before the state Legislature that aims to establish new minimum energy...
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A housing crisis that affects us all

There is a housing crisis looming and, if left unaddressed, will come home to roost in all sectors of the housing market. Despite the compassionate...
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Legislature shouldn’t squander opportunity to correct Sound Transit’s excesses

Fact: Sound Transit’s (ST) 2015 bid for a massive $54 billion expansion, mostly for light rail, was approved by a large majority of voters...
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Low carbon fuel standard is bad for your wallet

Washington drivers already pay the second-highest combined state and federal gas tax in the nation – an eye-popping 67.8 cents per gallon – according...
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Toxic habit of raiding hazardous site clean-up fund must end before any talk of...

Washingtonians do not like hazardous waste. We really don’t. In poll after poll and through the many other ways that we get the message across...
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The need for condominium liability reform

One of the most important things we can do to address the Puget Sound Region’s lack of attainable housing is to increase the supply...

Homeownership Is Still the Foundation of the American Dream and a Strong Economy

June is National Homeownership Month, which was created with the goal of helping more families achieve the American dream of homeownership. And while buying...
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