Part 2: This Earth Day, bring environmental policy into the 21st century

Today is Earth Day. Below is the second part of a three-part column by Todd Myers. You can read Part 1 here. Key Difference #2: Results or Symbolic Gestures? If you listen to Governor Inslee talk about climate change, the word you hear most is “leadership.” Leadership for politicians, however, is just another word for […]

This Earth Day, bring environmental policy into the 21st century

Look at a map of Washington. There is a simple and obvious fact: the people who embrace the free market are the same people who live nearest to nature. Conversely, those who call themselves environmentalists choose to live in urban areas where nature has been paved over and destroyed. On Earth Day, environmental activists will […]

Part 1: This Earth Day, bring environmental policy into the 21st century

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day. Below is the first part of a three-part column by Todd Myers. Look at a map of Washington. There is a simple and obvious fact: the people who embrace the free market are the same people who live nearest to nature. Conversely, those who call themselves environmentalists choose to […]

Government unions oppose common-sense transparency

Government unions sometimes decry the influence of special interests in Washington politics, but the recent legislative session highlighted how government unions are not afraid to put their sizeable lobbying apparatus to work against the public interest. After intense lobbying by the state teacher’s union, Senate Democrats reversed course and voted down their own bill which […]

Divided government isn’t going away – time for leaders to step up

When the gavel came down earlier this month to end the 2014 legislative session, it also signaled the potential end of the Rodney Tom-dominated Senate, and the certain end of Act I of former Congressman Jay Inslee’s governorship. Presidents, Governors, and State Senators may be elected to four-year terms, but we elect a new Congress […]

Politics Trumps Policy

I imagine most Americans didn’t even notice, but a decision by the President last week provided more confirmation that Republicans and Democrats are just not able to work together, and that Barack Obama has not kept his most basic promise from his 2008 campaign – that he would be a leader who would change the culture […]

The Truth About Teacher Salaries

When Governor Jay Inslee submitted his proposed supplemental state budget last December, he did not include any new funding to help the state comply with the Supreme Court’s order in the McCleary school funding case.  But when he faced the legislature less than a month later to deliver his State of the State address, suddenly education was […]

Immigration reform requires compromise

Immigration reform has been declared dead so many times that it’s almost dangerous to write about having hope for it, for fear of having your sanity called into question. But, it’s too important an issue for the future of our nation not to recognize when progress is made, even if others would rather try to bury that progress under […]

Smarter Government Response to the State of the Union

Buried among the self-congratulatory rhetoric, applause lines, and introductions of heroes in the gallery, President Obama’s state of the union speech included references to several policy positions that could be classified as smarter government, depending on the details.   In his speech the President cracked the door open regarding bipartisan cooperation this year.  Republicans should seize […]

Legislature must fund the education system it defines

The State Supreme Court is causing quite a stir in Olympia, shaking up what Governor Jay Inslee had described last month as a “hold steady” legislative session. Instead, by issuing a court order requiring the legislature to submit, by April 30, a complete plan to achieve full funding of basic education (presumably without the use […]