King County and City of Seattle officials congratulate themselves on their latest plan to reduce homeless.
Happening in Olympia
State Rep. Nicole Macri (D-Seattle) writes of her support for the newly released Washington Department of Labor & Industries plan that would force WA employers to pay all workers (including salaried) overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week and if they make less than $78,000 a year. As was have found with the government mandated minimum wage hikes, this will likely force employers to hire fewer people, and the lower income will be the most negatively impacted due to the loss of employment opportunities. (Crosscut)
Through reducing lanes and imposing fees, fines, taxes, tolls, tickets, and other penalties, our local officials are attempting to push drivers onto mass transit. Yet, the same officials’ policies are also responsible for the growing problem of unsafe and unsanitary public transit, and thus not a viable alternative for many drivers to consider. (MyNorthwest)
Quick Quiz: Which career politician do the establishment Democrats suddenly feel the need to protect from those on the extreme left? If you answered Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6) you would be correct. Kilmer has come under attack from those on the left because they believe he is too “cozy with corporations.” Responding to these attacks, State Party Democrat Chair Tina Podlodowski sent out an email to the Democrat base titled “Quick Quiz.” Predictably the answer to all the questions were Kilmer. With a possible challenge from a very liberal Bainbridge city councilman, the hot 2020 Washington Congressional race could be on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. (Roots Action)
Plan #257 to reduce homelessness in Seattle was announced by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Tuesday. Their promise is to eliminate YOUTH homelessness in two years. This is a much safer bet than reducing ALL homelessness (which continues to increase), instead they focus on YOUTH homelessness which was already declining before the announcement of another new plan. (Seattle Times)
The first forum with all five candidates for mayor occurred in Spokane on Tuesday. Candidates fielded questions on a wide array of topics, but the hot issues dealt with housing and public safety in the downtown core. (KHQ)
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