November 17, 2014
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Calls emerge for presidential intervention as port work slowdown idles factories, delays ag shipments

The work slowdown and contract dispute paralyzing West Coast ports will only be solved by presidential intervention, business groups said, as the labor dispute impacts employers, employees and the state's economy. Read more »

U.S. and China announce surprise climate change and carbon limit pact

The United States and China will both work to limit carbon emissions over the coming decades, the leaders of the two countries announced last week in a surprise move.
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Insurance Commission Kreidler's office to pay former judge $450,000

The office of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will pay a $450,000 settlement to Patricia Petersen, the administrative hearings judge who claimed that his office put pressure on her to decide cases in his favor. Read more »

In foreshadow of 2015 budget battle, reports show rising state revenue -- and education costs


Two state budget reports released last week showed an increase in state revenues and an even bigger increase in costs from projected rising school enrollments. The news highlights the battles ahead in the 2015 legislative session. Read more »

Republicans win final close state House races; members of Congress prepare for power shifts

As close races fall in the direction of Republicans, the Washington state House of Representatives will have a 51-47 balance of power. Democrats will have their smallest majority since 2002. Read more »


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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

Long term, transportation funding is school funding

By The News Tribune editorial board

"Children before concrete" is one of the catchphrases of people who've been fighting transportation funding in the Legislature.

It's a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don't steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children and everyone else.

The 2015 Legislature will rightly focus on increasing public school funding, as mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. But this shouldn't mean stiffing the state's infrastructure needs. It's not an either-or dilemma: Further investment in transportation is needed to fully fund public education over the long haul.

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