April 8, 2019
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U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers appointed as Republican Representative to the United Nations

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA, who represents much of Eastern Washington, will now also represent congressional Republicans in the United Nations General Assembly.

“I look forward to representing the House of Representatives to the United Nations and serving as a voice for the people’s representatives to world leaders,” said McMorris Rodgers. “I will proudly lead to support our friends and allies like Israel, and use this opportunity to fight socialism and advocate for the advancement of freedom, democracy, and individual rights around the globe.”

McMorris Rodgers, who was asked to serve by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will also be joined by a Democratic member of Congress to serve as a member of the U.S. contingent to the international body's headquarters in New York City.

The Spokesman-Review has more on the story.

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Expand career-connected learning across Washington state

By Maud Daudon

If you're a Washington business owner or manager wondering where to find skilled workers, you're not alone. And if you're a Washington parent or high school student, wondering how to get from school to a great job, you're not alone either.

You may also be the solution to each other's problem.

Last summer, the Career Connect Washington initiative convened groups of parents to discuss education and career preparation in Washington state. As part of a 10-year effort, we are learning how to better help students connect to both jobs and advanced education so they will be well positioned to step into the state's job market. Business, labor and education organizations are all stepping up; we need the Legislature to act as well...

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Fiscally Unwise

A Capital Gains Tax Would Not Improve Budget Sustainability

By The Washington Research Council

Although the March revenue forecast increased estimated state revenues for the 2017-19 and 2019-21 biennia, the House Appropriations Committee Chair proposed a new capital gains tax along with his 2019-21 operating budget. The Senate is also considering a capital gains tax, although in this case the proceeds would be used to reduce other taxes rather than to increase the operating budget.

A capital gains tax would be highly volatile. Taxpayers can arrange their affairs to avoid them, and the value of capital gains realized by Washington taxpayers varies significantly year to year. Also, swings in capital gains are much bigger in percentage terms than swings in state sales tax revenue. Volatile taxes require stronger reserves to manage downturns, but the House bill would avoid constitutionally-required transfers to the rainy day fund by directing revenues from the tax to the education legacy trust account.

Additionally, a capital gains tax would certainly be challenged as an unconstitutional income tax. Even if it were eventually found to be constitutional, a court case would likely mean that any revenues would be suspended until after 2019-21. Building the budget around such a tax would be risky at best...

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