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 By Edward Humphreys    Opinion    April 8, 2021 

Teaching racism to end racism fallacy

Just the other day I was catching up with a friend and he shared with me a surprising experience. He said his daughter is attending law school and one of her professors has been rabidly vocal about how our justice system needs to be reformed to judge...

 

Democrats can't resist higher spending

The Senate operating budget for 2021-23 was approved on April 1 by a 27-22 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. It is fitting this plan (Senate Bill 5092) was passed on April Fools’ Day. The sharp spending increase found...

 
 By Pam Lewison    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Time for labor-allied lawmakers to stop congratulating themselves, get back to work

When ESSB 5172, a bill addressing retroactive pay in agriculture, passed out of the Senate in early March, Senate Democrats who hijacked the bill with amendments celebrated its passage as a supposed victory for farmworkers throughout our state. They...

 
 By Tim Sheldon    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Effort to dodge public vote on income tax

OLYMPIA – This will sound funny anywhere outside Olympia, but there is a question that for years has stumped half the Legislature. If an income tax is so good for the people of the state of Washington, why do they say no every time they are asked?...

 

Keeping America's semiconductor edge is paramount

Surprisingly, there is something U.S. Presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny computer chips are the brains of modern electronics. They operate our...

 

Starter income tax is bad enough

Last week the Legislature got a terrific piece of news. State tax collections have rebounded despite one of the worst economic situations we've ever faced. The latest projection adds $3.3 billion, and we're right back where we were before the COVID...

 

State income tax, carbon tax not needed

OLYMPIA - Everybody associates March 17 with St. Patrick's Day, that one holiday in which we are all encouraged to wear green. Around the Capitol last week, March 17 brought a different meaning of "green." That morning, the state Economic Revenue...

 

Dems ask county be separate from 'region'

PULLMAN — For two weeks in February, members of the Whitman County Democrats worked on a letter to send to Governor Inslee requesting that Whitman County be separated from Region East if and when we met the metrics. We wrote the letter in a...

 

It's time to open our economy and trust people

OLYMPIA — I have been advocating, since last spring, for a local approach to reopening our economy. I trust my local health departments and locally elected county officials to do the right thing for health and safety far more than I do Gov. Inslee...

 

TVW is an antidote for dwindling trust in media

America’s media is suffering from a truth deficit leaving many to wonder where to go for honest, reliable and accurate information. Unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or social media. Last month Forbes magazine found for the first time, fewer...

 

Daylight saving time: Why is this still a thing?

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, daylight saving time for 2021 will begin, clocks will spring forward an hour, and Washingtonians will once again ask themselves how this annual ritual is even still a thing we all must do. The supposed reason for...

 

Austin's tax incentives and friendliness is working

These days the mere mention of tax incentives for factories touches off a major firestorm in Seattle and you’d better be looking for an expeditious way out of town. Not so in Austin where major international corporations are receiving millions in...

 

Democrats have many proposals

Democrats in Washington’s Legislature traditionally haven’t been shy about raising taxes. This legislative session is no different. In fact, there are several Democrat-sponsored proposals that would increase existing taxes or create new ones....

 

Hydrogen gaining momentum as a possible replacement fuel for trucks

In the coming decade, European Union leaders are investing heavily in hydrogen fuel research, believing it is a key to eliminating CO2 discharges from vehicles. One new technology is called pyrolysis. It is hoped the technology will allow Europeans...

 
 By Pam Lewis    Opinion    February 25, 2021

Retroactive overtime for farmworkers is an uncalled for expensive fiction

OLYMPIA – Imagine paying off the mortgage to your home in full and on time. Then, a month later, receiving a letter from the bank outlining an additional three years of payments owed because the bank decided your interest rate changed after...

 
 By Tim Eyman    Opinion    February 25, 2021

Activist seeks help fighting politicians

OLYMPIA – In the past 22 years, by working together with our thousands of heroic supporters, we've qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. They all limited the governments' power over us and have saved taxpayers $46.9 billion. And...

 

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