D.C. Washington … there’s already a State of Washinton


Hello to the nation’s capital! Excuse us. Your attention, please, to the West Coast (widely referred to as the Best Coast).The U.S. Capitol illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The District of Columbia is pushing for statehood. It’s a long shot bid, supported by Democrats. But proponents in the nation’s capital are pitching a name that’s a lot like ours.

Allow us to reintroduce ourselves. Washington state. Nice to meet you again.

No doubt you’ve heard of us.

That hoppy brew you’re drinking? Probably our crop of hops. That smiley-faced package on your doorstep? You’re welcome.

Heck, you might not be reading this on that screen of yours if it weren’t for a software company founded by a certain resident of ours named Bill.

But somehow it seems you’ve forgotten about us.

The pursuit of statehood can be distracting, we’re sure (hard for us to recall; we only achieved that like 127 years ago).

We couldn’t help but notice the headlines this week. D.C. state name to be State of Washington, D.C., for example. We have some concerns.

Chiefly, you can’t steal our statehood name, add a few letters and expect us to just sit back and enjoy the sea breeze while sipping on lattes and wearing flannel. Yes, we’re renowned for our chill in the Pacific Northwest, but we can do cold, too.

There’s enough confusion already!

We hear it all the time: “Washington is dysfunctional,” they say. “The lobbyists have Washington in their pocket. Washington’s lost touch with Main Street.”

You’ve been dragging our name through the mud for decades!

Plus, we wouldn’t be in this position had you not foisted the name on us in the first place. Perhaps you’ve forgotten.

Many years ago (1853), we sent word back east that we’d like to become a territory. We could be called Columbia, we said.

Objections came out of your district. We already have a Columbia, Congress exhorted. That would be confusing. How about you be called Washington — for the first president. It’s an honor.

Thirty-six years later we became a state. Now we’re attached!

We’ve named a Washington state onion (the Walla Walla sweet), an official Washington state waterfall (honest question — do you even have a waterfall?), and even a Washington state tartan, for goodness sake.

So perhaps you’ll heed the advice of our state folk song and “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On” — we were first.

I -1433 … What is it really ?


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So, I got my “Voter’s Pamphlet” and while i was still am psyched to get my vote in, this thing is huge and the local issues are even more important than ever. There are quite a few issues so i will only be commenting on a few.  So, Washingtonians take your time and read this thing called a “Voter’s Pamphlet” but let me just say it is much more … It holds our future that can and will change the lives of our kids least we talk about their kids … economically educational

The first thing I saw that needed vetting was what looked like changes to the wage increase schedule that was purposed in 2015 least we talk about what i thought got passed, which was $15 min wage for Seattle, wonder what happened to that and has this changed the hours workers in Seattle are getting because business attitudes of old were to drive wages down saving them overhead like insurance etc. If your business has revenue in the millions maybe more don’t your workers deserve to be paid for the profit you’re enjoying.? I think I-1433 helps those who haven’t worked in their industry of choice but have good credentials and quite possibly young and no credentials but need to work by 2021 or says the “Voter’s Pamphlet but who knows if changes have been attached to all of these numbers.  Don’t get me wrong increases for Americans seem long past due; say 20 years in my opinion.

Suffice it to say … Some big business folks do NOT like it … some are asking about that $15 wage passed and what incentives do they get out of it and that … is the missing piece for them. I am somewhat confused by the UW stance as it supports aspects of both in the argument for and against … such as: Independent economists including the UW prove that prices do not rise when min wages increase … but then warned most communities can’t absorb 30percent wage increase

Anyway,the initiative below, is typed verbatim and though i included this, there are several pages that need to be read vetted and contemplated before Nov.8 and it is a yes or no vote …

So, given the obvious votes for our locals seats for Olympia,  the initiatives are life changing and deserve research, questions and much thought before voting because it’s tricky … I-1433 might slow down the increases but gets the job done by 2020 depending upon what field you’re in ?

The pamphlet says …

I-1433 concerns labor standards — It will also requires employers to provide paid sick leave and adopt related laws re: earning and using paid sick leave by Jan. 2018

This measure would increase the state minimum wages to …

$11.00 in 2017

$11.50 in 2018

$ 12.00 in 2019

$13.50 in 2020

Hey, if you gleam something different let me know

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Seattle Implements 2016 Minimum Wage Increase — Posted on Jan 4 2016 by Seattle Medium


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum wage in the City of Seattle increased to $13.00 per hour for large employers, and $12.00 per for small employers (companies with fewer than 500 employees).

According to the City’s minimum wage ordinance, the minimum wage requirement can be met in two ways:

A) Pay the prevailing minimum wage rate according to the wage increase schedule for their business size; or

B) Pay a reduced minimum wage ($12.50 for large employers, and $10.50 for small employers) and make up the balance with employee tips reported to the IRS (small employers only) and/or payments toward an employee’s medical benefits plan (large and small employers).

The ordinance, approved by Seattle voters, calls for a phased-in implementation of the $15 minimum wage. Seattle’s minimum wage will continue to increase each year on Jan. 1, with the level of the increase dependent on the size of business and whether or not the worker receives healthcare benefits and/or tips. Large employers will pay the $15 minimum wage beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and small employers will pay the $15 minimum wage by Jan. 1, 2019.

“When our $15 minimum wage is fully implemented, more than 100,000 workers across the city will benefit,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Higher wages will help make Seattle more affordable for everyone who works in the city. Our phased-in approach, developed by labor and business working together, minimizes disruptions – especially to small businesses. I am proud that the Seattle model has been replicated in other cities across the country.

Employers with employees performing work in Seattle are required to pay the prevailing minimum wage as outlined in the minimum wage schedule for their business category. Minimum wage requirements are the same for non-profit and private employers.

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