June 25, 2018
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Foster youth gain more access to apprenticeships, college, and other support

Washington is the first state in the country to pass legislation aimed at helping foster youth connect with apprenticeships and higher education support, including the cost of tuition and apprenticeship programs, state officials report. The newly created Passport to Careers program was passed in the 2018 Legislature and signed into law in March.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, offers help to foster youth, former foster youth and homeless young people for up to six years, the news site Investigate West reports. It also lowers the eligibility age from 16 to 13 and will likely double the number of students served.

“There is a huge need to expand access and opportunity for children, particularly those who face immense obstacles or lack the support of their families,” Ranker said in a news release earlier this year. “With stronger services to guide them through junior high and high school, and ensure they’re prepared with needed prerequisites, these youth will have better opportunities to pursue their dreams.”

Each year, many young people age out of the foster care system and often face significant challenges in life, supporters say. For example, just 3 percent of people who age out of foster care earn a college degree and as many as half are unemployed at age 24.

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Five things Seattle leaders should learn from the head tax repeal

By Tim Punke and John Murray

The Seattle City Council's stunning reversal on the $275-per-employee jobs tax was a case study in over-reaching and misreading public sentiment. As Seattle moves forward, there will be a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking and second-guessing, but there are some key lessons in this historic about-face:

* Seattle has tax fatigue

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* Seattle's business community is the envy of the nation

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