Gov. Inslee's 2015-17 state biennium budget includes a call for $600 million in new taxes, to be used for pay increases for public sector state workers. He claims they haven't had a pay raise in six years. But is that false?
If this were a private company, the CEO by now would probably have been fired, significant restructuring would have been done to save money, or the company would have tried re-organizational bankruptcy.
Two measures, House Bill 1739 and Senate Bill 5639, would replace the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole. It would also require the defendant to work in prison with the money generated being given as restitution towards the victim's families.
Wednesday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a plan to raise the minimum smoking age in our state from 18 to 21. Ferguson cannot himself propose legislation but apparently has legislators who have created a bill at his request.