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Category Archives: Economic Security

Way beyond political theater: Greg Abbott is hiking prices on Texans by choking commerce

Excerpt: Business leaders are furious that truck traffic across the border with Mexico has mostly ground to a halt due to the implementation of Abbott's scheme requiring trucks to be "inspected" by state level officials answerable to him.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Left Behind puts the DLC’s failed track record under a microscope

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Left Behind: The Democrats' Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality, by historian Lily Geismer, an associate professor of history at Claremont McKenna College.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Washington State House of Representatives votes to protect workers, repeal BIAW’s I‑841

Excerpt: House Bill 1837 is simple: it gets rid of the restriction on the regulation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomics. The bill is so simple that it fits on two pages (with margins removed)
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jessyn Farrell talks with NPI about her 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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The Biden-Harris administration’s American Rescue Plan is popular with Washingtonians

Excerpt: 60% of nine hundred and ninety two likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed late last month by Public Policy Polling said they supported the American Rescue Plan, while 32% were opposed and 8% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden congratulates Washington for adopting overtime pay law for farmworkers

Excerpt: It's not often that the President of the United States issues a statement weighing in on the passage of a law at the state level. As Biden's comments make clear, this issue is really, really important to him.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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PCC Community Markets members just voted to elect two PCC workers to the co-op’s board

Excerpt: Donna Rasmussen and Laurae McIntyre are longtime PCC members and employees who are concerned about PCC's future, just as our team at NPI is.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The American Rescue Plan: An opportunity to scrap Reaganomics and government bashing

Excerpt: It's time to show the country that governments works, while keeping Republicans from gobbling up credit for what they voted against.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Relief on the way: U.S. House sends American Rescue Plan to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: This historic bill is a life-changer that will help hundreds of millions of Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better lives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Nicole Macri’s just cause eviction bill gets approved by the Washington State House

Excerpt: ESHB 1236 would require landlords to give a reason before they can evict a tenant, and also ensure tenants have enough time to find new housing before they have to be out.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House passes Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19

Excerpt: The vote on final passage was two hundred and nineteen to two hundred and twelve. All Republicans voted nay, and all but two Democrats voted aye. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Proposal to fund childcare with a capital gains tax advances in the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: In a historic vote, the Washington State Senate's Ways & Means Committee approved a progressive tax reform idea NPI has been championing for years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Republicans seek to devitalize COVID relief bill that will define Biden’s presidency

Excerpt: The Republicans’ offer may well be a gambit designed to get skin in the game. If the past offers any indication, however, the process will get drawn out and urgency will be lost if Biden decides to try to do a deal with them.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Incoming Biden-Harris team signals it will avoid repeating many of Obama’s missteps

Excerpt: At this incredibly fraught and perilous moment in American history, we don't just need steady, compassionate governance -- we need savvy, capable leadership with a respect and appreciation for history and a willingness to learn from it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government, Public Service
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