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69% of likely 2024 Washington voters support the Oil Industry Accountability Act

More than two-thirds of a sam­ple of like­ly vot­ers sur­veyed from Novem­ber 14th-15th, 2023 by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling for NPI backed the idea of reg­u­lat­ing unfair oil com­pa­ny busi­ness prac­tices with pric­ing trans­paren­cy leg­is­la­tion, which is what Sen­a­tor Joe Nguyen’s recent­ly intro­duced Oil Indus­try Account­abil­i­ty Act (Sen­ate Bill 6052) pro­pos­es to do.

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Two-thirds of Washington voters support barring gender-based price discrimination

67% of 874 like­ly vot­ers inter­viewed in March of 2023 by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling voiced sup­port for pro­hibit­ing peo­ple or busi­ness­es “from charg­ing dif­fer­ent prices for two sub­stan­tial­ly sim­i­lar goods based on the gen­der of the per­sons to whom the goods are mar­ket­ed,” which is what Sen­ate Bill 5171 would do if enact­ed. 59% were strong­ly sup­port­ive and anoth­er 8% were some­what supportive. 

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Victory! Washington State House votes to toughen penalties for corporate crimes

Cor­po­ra­tions that break the law in Wash­ing­ton State could soon be forced to pay more appro­pri­ate penal­ties for their wrong­do­ing thanks to the work of State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Pel­lic­ciot­ti (D‑30th Dis­trict: Fed­er­al Way). By a vote of nine­ty-sev­en to one, the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives today vot­ed to pass ESHB 2362, which would sub­stan­tial­ly increase fines for cor­po­rate crimes.

Posted inEconomic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

U.S. Senate passes $1.1 trillion, giveaway-stuffed “cromnibus” bill in late night vote

Ear­li­er this evening, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate passed the mas­sive appro­pri­a­tions bill that has become known as the CRom­nibus, send­ing the leg­is­la­tion to Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, who is pre­pared to sign it with­out delay. The final vote was fifty-six to forty; four sen­a­tors did not vote. The […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Education, Policy Topics

Republicans (predictably) filibuster Elizabeth Warren’s bill to ease student loan debt

A bill spon­sored by Mass­a­chu­setts Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren to ease stu­dent loan debt has sad­ly become the lat­est wor­thy piece of leg­is­la­tion to be stalled in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate by the Repub­li­can Par­ty, which might as well offi­cial­ly rename itself the Par­ty of No (because that is its answer to just about every good idea). […]

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Scam alert! An unknown entity, the “Labor Standards Compliance Office”, is trying to sell labor posters with letters that look like bills

An unknown enti­ty call­ing itself the “Labor Stan­dards Com­pli­ance Office” is mass mail­ing decep­tive let­ters to Wash­ing­ton busi­ness­es and non­prof­its that appear to be bills from the gov­ern­ment, but are in real­i­ty solic­i­ta­tions for labor posters that can be freely obtained, the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute has learned. One of these sus­pi­­cious-look­ing let­ters showed up this […]

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U.S. House passes “Citibill” to partially roll back the Dodd-Frank Reform Act

Once again, some­thing is rot­ten in the peo­ple’s House. Ear­li­er today, the Repub­­li­­can-con­trolled U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives vot­ed two hun­dred and nine­­ty-two to one hun­dred and twen­­ty-two to pass H.R. 992, offi­cial­ly titled the Swaps Reg­u­la­to­ry Improve­ment Act. Like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, we’re call­ing H.R. 992 Citibill because it was pri­mar­i­ly authored by Cit­i­group lob­by­ists. It […]