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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 [...]

Senate majority coalition plans to focus on reforms to education, workers’ comp

December 13, 2013 J,

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus called a press conference on the one-year anniversary of its creation, saying they have outlasted skeptics and plan to move forward with an agenda that includes reforms to basic education and workers’ compensation. Last year, Democratic Senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon announced they were joining with 23 Republicans to form a new coalition [...]

Logging companies could get workers’ comp break

November 26, 2013 J

Washington logging companies may be eligible for a break in workers’ compensation premium rates as the result of work of a Logger Safety Task Force. The task force’s new logger safety program offers financial incentives to participating manual-logging companies. A free workshop about the program will be 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the [...]

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