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Washington jobless rate drops, still sees job losses

December 23, 2013 J

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, but the state still saw job losses, according to numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department. The state’s unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in October. However, at the same time, the state saw a decrease of an [...]

Confused about the charter school ruling? A little history helps

December 23, 2013 J

Last week’s ruling on the constitutionality of Washington’s charter school law left many people confused, especially with both sides declaring victory. The questions are unlikely to be settled until the state Supreme Court weighs in. In the meantime, here’s a little history to help us non-lawyers understand some of the issues better: 1. Even though King County [...]

Lawmakers are already pushing new laws

December 23, 2013 J

A preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers next year can be found in the pile of legislation awaiting them when they return to Olympia in January. There have been 59 bills filed early — 38 in the House and 21 in the Senate — dealing with specialty license plates and protecting hospital employees [...]

No Transportation Deal Before Christmas – Impasse is Announced

December 23, 2013 J

OLYMPIA, Dec. 18.—Looks like there won’t be a transportation deal before Christmas – and with it goes any thought of a pre-session special session. Negotiators for the House and Senate announced Wednesday evening that they failed to reach an agreement after a dozen meetings behind closed doors. It doesn’t mean the issue is dead. But [...]

Hot topics discussed at Tri-Ports legislative lunch

December 13, 2013 J,

Transportation issues, finding money for projects to create new jobs and a possible hike in gas taxes were hot topics at the Tri-Ports legislative luncheon held Tuesday. Port and county commissioners and staff and representatives from the public utility districts, chambers, cities and higher education attended the meeting at the Columbia Center Red Lion Hotel [...]

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