July 8, 2019
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New legislators in 1st District as Rep. Derek Stanford appointed to Senate and Bothell Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr appointed to House

Derek Stanford, a state representative since 2011, is now the senator from the 1st Legislative District. County leaders from Snohomish and King counties made Stanford their choice to replace recently retired Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby, The Herald reports.

Stanford has a Ph.D. in statistics and runs a small data science consulting business.

With Stanford's seat now vacant, county leaders appointed Bothell Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr to serve as state representative.

Duerr is an architect ­who has lived in Bothell since 2001 and has served as deputy Bothell mayor since 2016.

Both will serve in their posts through the November 2020 election.

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Unintended Consequences

State's proposed overtime rule change goes too far, too fast

By AWB President Kris Johnson

If it's approved, any employer with salaried workers making less than that amount will be faced with the difficult decision to either raise their employees' salary to nearly $80,000 or convert the worker to hourly status. For employers who can't afford to give out big raises, they may have little or no choice but to switch employees to hourly status.

In theory, this could lead to increased pay for some workers, but that's only if their employer can afford to pay overtime. Small businesses, nonprofits and other employers that can't absorb the cost increase will likely cut services.

Even for workers who don't take a step backward financially, the change could feel like a demotion. Increasingly, employees value flexibility in work hours, particularly younger workers. Making the transition from a salaried job -- with the flexibility to duck out for a couple hours in the middle of the day to take care of family obligation -- to an hourly worker who is required to be in the office a full eight hours, without the option of working from home, will be jarring.

No one is disputing that Washington's overtime rule needs updating. But the state's proposal simply goes too far, too fast and risks harming the employees it's intended to help.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Valley Business World