By Washington State Representative Roger Freeman
Last year, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Here’s the thing you think about when you have stage four cancer — there is no stage five.
I was concerned. Not only for myself, but for my family.
Fighting cancer means treatment and surgery. Lots of doctor’s appointments. Lots of time off work. As the sole breadwinner for my wife and two children I wondered, with all my time at the hospital and in recovery, how will we pay for basics like groceries and our mortgage? How will we not lose everything?
Now that we know nine major corporations with operations in Washington state paid zero or less in federal corporate income taxes in recent years despite reaping huge profits, serious questions arise as to whether these corporations or others are dodging Washington state taxes too.
John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
How do you say goodbye to a friend, a father, a mother, a sibling, a son or daughter, a grandparent? This week I am facing the challenge of saying goodbye to a dear friend.
Similar to the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC), the proposed 2014 Supplemental Budget unveiled by the House today would make only minor changes to spending for the remainder of the current biennium which ends on June 30, 2015.
In contrast to the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus' budget, which would reduce available resources by creating or extending 15 tax breaks, the Senate Democrats released a proposal this morning that would close $100 million worth of unproductive tax breaks to invest more in education.
Colin Pierce, Rainier Beach High School Teacher and IB Coordinator As a follow up to our post from Marilyn Watkins this morning on education funding, we’re cross-posting a recent op-ed from The Seattle Times by a teacher at Rainier Beach High School. Enjoy.
Marilyn Watkins, EOI Policy Director
As divided as Americans seem to be about the role of government, we’re pretty united around the notion that quality public education should be accessible to all. Businesses and our economy can’t operate without an educated workforce – and educated customers. Democracy itself depends on citizens who can reason and understand the issues they vote on.