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Thank goodness for access to remote testimony during legislative session

Washington Policy Center and the League of Women Voters of Washington want to thank the Washington State House and Senate’s bipartisan leadership for the remote testimony processes they established in the challenging legislative... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion 

Snake River chinook returns increase 27%

Contrary to recent claims that Snake River Spring Chinook runs are on the path to extinction, returns increased for the second year in a row, continuing the recovery from the... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Water has a greenhouse gas problem

In our zest to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from... — Updated 6/15/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Honoring and thanking fathers this weekend

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/15/2021

 

Care program funded by a new payroll tax on workers

“Stay tuned” was one of the biggest takeaways from a meeting last week where members of a state commission discussed the status of a new, long-term-care entitlement program run by the state and funded by a new payroll tax on... — Updated 6/10/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Land is the wild card in Biden's green gamble

Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to TOTAL—-100 percent—-renewable electricity by 2035—-15 short years... — Updated 6/10/2021

 

L&I's virus passport rules overreach

New COVID workplace restrictions, issued by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) late last Friday, May 21st, require employers to check employee vaccine documents before allowing relaxation of social distancing and mask... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

Remembering who we owe

Memorial Day is not to honor living veterans, but the military personnel who died in the line of duty. “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance ... Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors... — Updated 5/27/2021

 

Nostalgia and understanding

I recently visited Odessa High School and found my 1965 graduation picture on the wall. Principal Jamie Nelson was my gracious tour guide. I scouted nearby graduation pictures to find familiar faces, with good or bad vocal reviews... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

State government in the way of getting people back to work

Masks are coming off. Most residents wanting a coronavirus vaccination have gotten one. Sports are on and students are back in the classroom. It’s not a coronavirus emergency... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Inslee issues questionable line-item vetoes, again

We knew it was coming. The moment lawmakers tried to get clever and thought they could gain support for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (House Bill 1091) and Cap and Trade (Senate Bill 5... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Brad Skiff    Opinion

Political cartoon

 — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

State government is in the way of getting people back to work

Masks are coming off. Most residents wanting a coronavirus vaccination have gotten one. Sports are on and students are back in the classroom. It’s not a coronavirus emergency... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Governor issues questionable line-item vetoes, again

We knew it was coming. The moment lawmakers tried to get clever and thought they could gain support for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (House Bill 1091) and Cap and Trade (Senate Bill 5... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

Critical race theory in class?

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5228, to existing standards and training for public school workers, to combat institutional racism in our public schools. Next, state government will require students to learn the same... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Unemployment insurance (FUTA) intended as a bridge between jobs

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By James Pooley    Opinion

Intellectual property rights helped America fight Covid-19

When COVID-19 came ashore, glaring gaps in the government's pandemic preparedness became painfully obvious. Everything from inadequate stockpiles of personal protective equipment to confusing and uncoordinated guidance regarding... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit – they'll get two

Public records show lawmakers plan to use the capital gains income tax to set up a lawsuit to try to impose a broad-based graduated income tax. They’re going to get not one, but... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

COVID politics punishes Whitman County

Whitman County was placed in Phase 2 restrictions three weeks ago and we waited for a return to Phase 3, but now that isn’t going to happen. Gov. Jay Inslee chickened out. Facing a massive rollback to Phase 2 for Western... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Rethinking legislative natural gas bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legi... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By Greg James    Opinion

Pragmatic approach to prostitution

In 2012, state voters decided to go where no other state ever had — they legalized adult-use marijuana, reversing 70 years of policy that by most measures was a waste of time and money. The prohibition against marijuana... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Good news from Hanford scientists

It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Deptartment of Energy recently announced nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Jeff Holy    Opinion

Verge of raising taxes, weakening public safety

The 2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to end April 25, will be remembered for several things – some good, some bad. The candidates for the “bad” column may include a variety of new or increased taxes and fees that... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Why is the state Legislature still locked down?

The world is beginning to unfreeze after more than a year of physical and economic lockdowns. Many states have ended mask mandates, citing increasing vaccinations and decreasing cases. Others are allowing normal activities to... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Paul Guppy    Opinion

Businesses need liability reform

As communities struggle to emerge from the ravages of COVID-19 and the consequent devastation wrought by widespread economic shut-downs, one structural policy continues to impede... — Updated 4/15/2021

 

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