Seattle City Council Rent-Control Runaround

The Seattle City Council continues its streak of government-intrusive policies, on Monday unanimously passing restrictions on how much landlords can charge tenants for move-in costs. You can read all about it in The Seattle Times:

InFocus Podcast: New state revenue & employment numbers, McCleary, labor policy updates

New state revenue numbers are out, with good news for the state budget. However, there's still a big budget hole to fill in order to comply with the McCleary ruling, which requires full state funding of basic K-12 education by 2018. We also discuss new employment numbers, as well as the Obama administration overtime rule that's been suspended by a court order, and the latest on the City of Seattle's moves toward more restrictive regulations on employers.

Economic Profile: Washington State Convention Center Addition Project

Today we're out with an Economic Profile paper on the Washington State Convention Center addition project in downtown Seattle.

Some highlights:

New-ish filing in McCleary case

In all the pre- and post-election news, we missed a recent filing with the state Supreme Court on the McCleary education funding case.

New Special Report: How Medicaid and Prescription Drug Spending Impact the State Budget

Today we're out with a new Special Report on Medicaid, prescription drug spending and the state budget. You can read it here.

Here are some highlights:

Common Ground podcast: Election Day Special

It's finally here, people: Election Day 2016. We've got Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner (follow him on Twitter @Jim_Brunner) joining us at the top of the podcast to talk Washington state campaigns, as well as his recent interview with independent Republican presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Next, we ruminate on the campaign season that was, guess who's going to win (we both pick Hillary), and speculate on how the new president - and Democrats and Republicans in Congress - will react.

Business schools get real

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on a shift in teaching methods by M.B.A. programs:

Business schools are moving away from the case-study method—the long-held standard of business education—and asking students to resolve actual corporate dilemmas in real time.

A (friendly) debate on trade agreements & populism

Bloomberg View has an interesting online debate between economists Tyler Cowen and Noah Smith on "Free Trade and the Populist Backlash."

Bloomberg sets up the debate thusly:

Special Report: Expanded state environmental regulations have negative impacts for Washington

Today we're publishing a new Special Report, "The Expanded SEPA [State Environmental Policy Act] Has Reduced Regulatory Certainty in Washington." You can read the report here.

In 2013 and 2014, the state Department of Ecology expanded the scope of review for the purposes of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) beyond state borders, in a seemingly arbitrary manner.