Policy Today podcast: The perils of I-1433, the statewide initiative on minimum wage, paid sick leave

This November Washington voters will decide the fate of Initiative 1433, which would raise the minimum wage to $13.50/hour statewide and mandate paid sick leave for all employees regardless of the employer's size. There are no exemptions for parts of the state that are less economically robust than the Puget Sound region.

Common Ground Podcast: Slade Gorton on the Presidential Race & Failure of the Two Parties

Have we got a treat for you! Our super-special guest this week is former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, who was kind enough to sit down with us and talk extensively about the 2016 presidential campaign and the state of American politics.

Slade, who in June penned an op-ed for the Seattle Times ("Pray for a third-party candidate") blasting both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, covers a wide range of topics, including:

Policy Today podcast: Trade, and trade agreements, are hugely important to Washington's economy

Today's guest is Eric Schinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT). He joins us to talk about the importance of trade, and international trade agreements, to Washington state. It's an especially timely topic given the newly controversial role trade is playing in the current presidential election: Both major candidates oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (also known as TPP), a pending trade deal between the United States and 11 other nations.

Policy Today podcast: How is the Growth Management Act working?

In this episode we discuss our new Special Report on the Growth Management Act (GMA), Washington state's comprehensive land-use law, which was fully enacted 25 years ago. Our report covers the GMA's history and chief components, focuses specifically on how the GMA has worked in two counties, Snohomish and Spokane, and offers recommendations for improving the act.

New Special Report: The Growth Management Act at 25 Years

Today we're releasing our Special Report on the Growth Management Act (GMA), Washington's comprehensive land-use law, which was fully enacted 25 years ago.

Our report covers the GMA's history and chief components, focuses specifically on how the GMA has worked in two counties, Snohomish and Spokane, and offers recommendations for improving the act.

Congressional deadlock over Export-Import Bank hurts Boeing, other Washington businesses

Last year's drama in Congress over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank (the bank was eventually reopened in December 2015) continues this year in a different form. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama and the Senate Banking Committee chairman, is blocking the nomination of a third Ex-Im Bank board member. At least three members must sit on the bank's board in order to approve deals of more than $10 million.

Policy Today Podcast: Special Report on K-12 Funding & McCleary Ruling

Today's podcast topic is our new comprehensive report on K-12 education funding in Washington and the state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling, which mandates full state funding of basic education by 2018. We discuss the report, what the Legislature's done so far (a lot) and what it still has left to do (a lot).

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Special-ed advocates chime in on K-12 funding

The Seattle Times reported Friday on a brief filed by special-education advocates in the ongoing McCleary case, which deals with state funding of K-12 public schools. They argue that the state's funding, and funding formula, for Washington's 125,000 special-ed students are inadequate:

Forbes.com contributor: "Washington Lawmakers Grandstanding Against Boeing Could Cripple State's Aerospace Industry"

Writing on Forbes.com yesterday, Travis H. Brown sets his sights on "politicians in Olympia [who] have repeatedly floated the notion of clawing back the aerospace tax incentives."

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