NextGen Climate said its support would be focused on two Senate contests: one in Pierce County between Democratic Rep. Tami Green and incumbent Republican Sen. Steve O’Ban, and the other in King County between the Senate’s main Republican budget writer, Sen. Andy Hill, and Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower.
August’s unemployment report for Washington — stuck at 5.4 percent, the same as July — was preliminary and might be revised for the better. Still, this is a very slow recovery in the labor market. Unemployment actually increased in 24 states, more than five years after the official end of the Great Recession. Here is a snapshot of Washington’s situation.
A broken tax system and young people spending less to avoid King County’s 9.5 percent sales tax contributed heavily to deep cuts in the county’s proposed 2015-2016 budget. In the mid-1990s, about 50 percent of every dollar spent on personal income was subject to sales tax. That number is now about 37 percent.
The new report says 95 percent of the Fraud Early Detection tips reviewed were made accurately. The problem, the report found, is in the follow-up investigation conducted by the fraud unit. “200 of 200 cases (100%) were considered invalid,” according to the report, because investigators did not respond to the tips in a timely or accurate manner.
The governor’s Office of Financial Management has estimated that the pay adjustments would cost the state’s general fund about $250 million over two years if extended to all employees, both union and nonunion, in agencies where the federation has workers. A salary survey by consultants for the state Office of Financial Management helps to back up opponents claims that workers’ pay is falling short.
The rise in temperatures along the West Coast over the past century is almost entirely due to natural forces — not human emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a major new study. But that doesn’t refute the idea that humans are contributing to global climate change, the authors say. The study found wind responsible for more than 80 percent of the warming from Northern California to the Northwest.
It appears that a possible Washington carbon emissions tax won’t have a major impact on the state’s economic growth through 2035. That’s a reversal from what the state said less than two weeks ago, when it predicted significantly less long-term growth if a tax were enacted. Officials say human error led to a false prediction of a potential tax’s long-term impacts