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Invasive Technologies Work Session in Olympia Nov. 19

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Hello readers, As you have seen in previous posts, there is an ongoing legislative effort to regulate what are termed “invasive technologies”.  On November 19 in Olympia, there will be a work session… Read More

Legislation Proposed by “Invasive Technologies” Work Group

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Right to remove online content bill draft rec’d 10-16-13 Government surveillance bill draft rec’d 10-16-13 Invasive Technology Work Plan 10-15-13 Regulating recreational UAVs 10-16-13 Hello Readers, In an earlier post we gave you… Read More

Attend Tech Cities – Tech Industry Event This Friday in Redmond

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Hello Readers, A great event is taking place this Friday, Oct. 11 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. It is a Tech Cities Coalition – Tech Industry event where Gov. Jay Inslee will… Read More

WTIA Pushes for Federal Tax Changes

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WA delegation tax letter DelBene 9-30-13 Hello Readers, Although the federal government is shut down (hopefully temporarily), the key issues facing Congress are still there.  While we are hearing a great deal about… Read More

Common Core: Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders / Guest Post by Eric Shellan of Stand for Children

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Hello Readers, Today we are posting about the Common Core State Standards that are being adopted across the United States, on a state by state basis.  A number of misconceptions have emerged in recent… Read More

State Legislative Committee Examining “Invasive Technologies”

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Although Washington is a “part time” legislature, meaning that legislative sessions are limited in duration and lawmakers are not paid as if they were “full time”, legislative and public policy issues are always… Read More

WTIA Weighs in on Federal Immigration Legislation

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The long festering immigration debate heated up this past summer as the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a solid bipartisan vote.  The bill addressed legal and illegal immigration issues,… Read More

State Legislature Adjourns, $1 Billion More for K-12, B&O Rate Back to 1.5%

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Today, July 1 is the start of the new fiscal biennium for which the state now has an operating and capital budget. The legislature finished its business Saturday evening, June 29 when it… Read More

State Unemployment Drops Below 7%, Under 5% in King, Snohomish Counties

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Washington state unemployment rates continue to drop, now below 7% statewide to 6.8%.  In King and Snohomish counties, the economic center of the state, unemployment is below 5%, which some economists consider to… Read More

Lawmakers Still Wrangling Over Budget Details in Olympia

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While state employees wonder whether or not they need to show up for work next Monday, July 1, lawmakers in Olympia continue to wrangle over the final details of the state operating budget. … Read More