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.
Flu season peaks this month. Public health officials tell us to stay home at the first sign of fever but millions of American workers can’t afford to take off work and far too many fear that staying home with the flu will cost them their job.
We all need paid sick days.
By Lori Pfingst and Ben Secord --Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report examining the potential impact of raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $10.10 over a three year period. The report largely substantiates growing consensus among economists – that raising the minimum wage would provide a much needed boost to the paychecks of millions of low- to moderate-wage workers across the country.
This morning’s revenue forecast for Washington state shows that economic growth will not generate the additional tax resources needed to fund basic education improvements mandated by the State Supreme Court under the McCleary decision.
On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour.
A group of enthusiastic ACLU-WA activists met at the State Capitol on Tuesday to encourage legislators to support House Bill 1771 and Senate Bill 6172 calling for reasonable, common sense limits to drone use by state and local government agencies.