New Brief: Initiative 1351 Class Size Reduction: A $4.7 Billion Unfunded Mandate with Dubious Educational Merit
In a new policy brief, we look at Initiative 1351, which will be on the ballot in November. I-1351 would reduce class sizes for kindergarten through 12th grade. Below are a few main points about the initiative, which are fleshed out in the brief.
We have posted a new policy brief regarding aerospace tax incentives: About That Mythical $8.7 Billion Tax Break . . .
A competitive tax policy is not a “subsidy” that costs the state money. It is, rather, a pragmatic response to the marketplace, including the global competition for major industrial projects. Tax policies adopted in 2003 were essential for securing the 787. Extending those policies in 2013 helped to win the 777X.
As part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Department of Ecology and other agencies have recently used expanded scopes of review for certain proposals. Under these scopes, the agencies are considering impacts that go beyond state borders, to an unprecedented extent.
In a new policy brief, we look at what is happening, outline how the expanded scope for these particular projects is already having ripple effects, and describe the implications for Washington's competitiveness.
New Brief: The 2014 Supplemental Budget Increases Education Spending, Holds Line on New Taxes, and Fails to Extend R&D Credits
In a new policy brief, we write about the 2014 supplemental operating budget that was passed by the Legislature. The gist:
It makes mostly minor changes to the 2013–15 operating budget while increasing spending for public schools—a prelude to next session’s likely focus on meeting the state’s McCleary obligations.
New Brief: House- and Senate-Passed 2014 Supplementals are Mostly Similar, but Present Distinct Options
The House and Senate have both passed versions of a 2014 supplemental operating budget. We look at what the budgets include and how they differ in a new policy brief.
New Brief: Senate Ways and Means Chair's Proposed 2014 Supplemental Increases Education Spending, Reduces Taxes
We have posted a new policy brief, Washington's Minimum Wage and Teenage Unemployment, which includes a chart I made for the last meeting of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisers. Here's a link to the brief.
We have posted a new policy brief titled Supporting Research and Development with Responsible Tax Policy, which can be downloaded this link.
Last week we released a policy brief on the county distribution of Washington's minimum wage jobs. Today we have a follow-up to that report: Sector Distribution of Washington's Minimum Wage Jobs. The accommodation and food services, retail trade and agricultural sectors would be most affected by any increase in the minimum wage.