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The Freedom Update - Episode 58

February 13, 2015

This week on The Freedom Update - two more Freedom Foundation bills pass out of committee, only union lobbyists have shown up to testify against Freedom Foundation bills, and SEIU 925 terminates a contractor after she posts a Freedom Foundation link on Facebook.

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Citizen Initiative Process is Under Attack by Some Legislators

February 12, 2015

This year, some legislators are dead set on stripping the constitutional right of citizen initiatives. Some proposals are more aggressive than others, but all will effectively chip away at the power.

Citizen Initiatives are an important check on our Legislature. In fact, the "first power reserved by the people is the initiative" as written in Article II Section 1(a) of our state constitution.

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Senate Dems Oppose Bill Eliminating Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Exemptions

February 12, 2015

As their colleagues in the state House are leading the charge to pass a statewide mandatory paid sick leave law and dramatically increase the state minimum wage, labor-aligned Democrats on the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee are opposing efforts to eliminate exemptions from local minimum wage and employment benefits regulations.

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Quid Pro Quo or Cap and Trade Tax?

February 11, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee has made cap-and-trade legislation his top priority this session. His so-called environmental vision attempts to save the environment by making polluters pay. But our research exposes the people who helped him draft these ideas and, not surprisingly, they aren't environmentalists. They're people who are motivated by growing government.

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"Living wage" Kills Bookstore, Jobs in San Francisco

February 10, 2015

With ISIS torching books in Iraq, the fate of one independent bookstore in San Francisco might seem unworthy of notice. After all, in the words of Tom Brady, "This isn't ISIS; no one is dying." Yet the tale of Borderland Books is instructive.

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Freedom Foundation Argues for Citizen Initiatives in Recent Debate

February 9, 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of debating former state Sen. Ken Jacobsen on the topic of citizen initiatives. I argued that citizen initiatives are important to our system of government, and Ken argued why he thought initiatives should be eliminated.

Thank you to the Saint Martin’s University, the Conservative Club, and Chandler Tracy for hosting the event.