November 20, 2017
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Governor declares Nov. 25 to be Small Business Saturday

Be sure to stop at your local small businesses when you step out to shop for the holidays, Gov. Jay Inslee said as he proclaims this Saturday to be the 2017 Small Business Saturday in the state. The official proclamation notes that small businesses create jobs, boost the local economy and preserve our neighborhoods.

Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees make up 99 percent of all employers in the state, and collectively employ more than half of the state's private workforce -- 1.3 million workers.

The governor called for shoppers on the busiest shopping day of the season to support small businesses this Saturday -- and throughout the year.

For more information on Small Business Saturday, which was started in 2010, visit the official website.

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Continue Bipartisan Successes

One-party rule in Olympia should not end bipartisan effort

By Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville

The election this month of Democrat Manka Dhingra to represent the people of the 45th legislative district changes the landscape of the Washington state Senate, resulting in a return to one-party rule in Olympia.

However, it does not have to change the bipartisan way in which the Legislature has operated since a group of Democrats joined with Republicans in 2013 to govern by consensus, ushering in unprecedented achievements.

For the past five years, the bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus controlled the Senate, while Democrats controlled the House of Representatives and governor's mansion. For measures to pass, members of both chambers had to debate, negotiate and compromise.

This process resulted in the passage of historic legislation, such as the first-ever college-tuition reduction, a $16 billion transportation package and a plan to fully fund basic education with equitable levy reform...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Legal Maneuvers

Be watchful of Seattle's income tax

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

In July, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to impose an income tax on its wealthiest citizens, knowing full well the decision would end up challenged in court.

That apparently was part of the strategy.

By spurring debate, advocates for the Seattle income tax hope to reverse historical precedent and open the door so other communities can follow Seattle's lead.

If that were to happen, it's reasonable to think the next step would be an effort to impose an income tax statewide. That's why we should be watching this issue closely.

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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