Amazon Gets Tax Breaks While Its Employees Rely on Food Stamps, New Data Shows

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/19/amazon-snap-subsidies-warehousing-wages/

http://archive.is/vvCIa

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Report : Seattle spent $53 million on the homeless in 2017

http://komonews.com/news/local/report-seattle-spent-53-million-on-the-homeless-in-2017

http://archive.is/TovMH

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers slips extra payments to Washington drugmaker into budget

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/lobbying-pays-off-for-small-drugmaker-in-budget-bill/

http://archive.is/j9hrN

Critics say draft plan from King County task force on homelessness underwhelms

County officials say that while potential revenue sources and the financial costs of the draft recommendations may be discussed at that mid-April meeting, the taskforce wasn’t chartered to identify revenue sources for its recommendations.

http://www.kirklandreporter.com/news/critics-say-draft-plan-from-homelessness-task-force-underwhelms/

http://archive.is/5Qixh

State legislature divided over pro-union bills SB 6199 and SB 6079

SB 6199, would restructure how the state Department of Social and Human Services works with tens of thousands of home health care workers by contracting them under a private vendor. The bill would also create an administrative board made up of agency employees, union representatives, and staff from the governor’s office, which would set the rate paid to the contractor, and, thus, the workers.

SB 6079, would exempt public employees from public disclosure requests. Senate Democrats and Democratic Governor Jay Inslee claim that the bill aims to protect the privacy of public employees from harassment or identity theft.

Senate Republicans argue that both bills were requested by SEIU 775 — a labor union representing around 30,000 home-health care workers in Washington. They say the requested policy changes are an effort by the union to maintain its membership base in the face of a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated laws requiring public employees to pay union fees even if they are not a member.

www.kirklandreporter.com/northwest/a-fight-over-the-role-of-unions-erupts-in-olympia/

http://archive.is/KJflQ