New Washington health exchange report shows steady enrollment so far in 2016

Yesterday the Washington Health Benefit Exchange sent out a press release headlined, “Washington Healthplanfinder Sees Jump in Enrollment.” I thought they must be announcing initial enrollment numbers for the first few weeks of the current open enrollment period (which runs from Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017).

The new budget outlook includes an estimate of final McCleary costs, despite a lack of agreement on what that number will be

Yesterday the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) adopted a new budget outlook that includes the end of the 2015–17 biennium, 2017–19, and 2019–21. It is controversial in that it includes an estimate for how much it will cost to complete compliance with the McCleary decision on school funding.

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.

Will the new federal overtime rule survive the change in administration?

The Skagit Valley Herald has a story about how the new federal overtime rule will affect employers and employees in Skagit County. The salary threshold that determines which employees are eligible for overtime will about double to $47,476 on Dec. 1.

What will happen to the rule given the results of the presidential election? The story quotes Mount Vernon attorney Kimberly Geariety:

A grim outlook for trade?

Anti-trade sentiment was unfortunately widespread in this election cycle. Politico notes that one reason for this could be that

. . . the U.S. Electoral College system guarantees that states in the industrial Midwest have an outsize influence in the political debate, especially in presidential election years . . . . 

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:

Temporary jobs shouldn’t be discounted

An item in the Stand today provides some good perspective on the permitting process for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview. Mike Bridges of IBEW Local 48 writes,

For Cowlitz County, this represents a significant private investment that would have an enormous economic impact on thousands of tradespeople and their families. . . .

It would also mean fewer people on the road, working closer to home.

How will I-1433 be implemented?

Washington voters have approved Initiative 1433, which increases the minimum wage and mandates paid sick leave in Washington. As Opportunity Washington notes, this is part of a broader national strategy. Washington’s minimum wage has been the highest state minimum wage in the nation for years—until this year. Next year, thanks to I-1433, it will return to the top, and will remain there until 2020 (if current law in the states stands).

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.