I support efforts to legalize gay marriage in Washington State. However, it’s not at the top of my list of priorities. Legalizing gay marriage may drive a wedge into Democratic constituencies and harm efforts to support economic justice, education, and social services. I fear that lawmakers prefer dealing with wedge issues over economic issues.
Our State has an official unemployment rate of 9% and an actual unemployment rate of 25%. Nearly one million people are unemployed in our State. By comparison, North Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation – in part because North Dakota has their own State Bank which keeps their money in […]
Several Democratic and labor organizations in Washington State have censured or condemned Senators Cantwell and Murray, and Reps. Larsen, DelBene, and Kilmer for their votes in favor of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Washington State Labor Council passed a resolution censuring the TPP supporters, as discussed here. The Washington State Progressive […]
Economist Arthur Laffer is touted as a go-to source of wisdom by conservative think tanks and corporate lobby groups in Washington state like the Washington Policy Center, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and Association of Washington Business. But a recent report shows Laffer’s economic prescriptions are more likely to hurt than heal […]