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The city has signed its first new contract with a union since voters approved a charter amendment requiring collective bargaining negotiations be held in public view. But the contract was negotiated in private, and the amendment’s sponsor, Councilman Michael Cathcart, is none too pleased.
In a democratic election, surpassing 50% is a win. A victory north of 60% is a mandate. Getting nearly 80% of the vote is a popular demand. On Nov. 5, voters in Spokane were crystal clear about their demands regarding two of Washington state’s most contentious issues – opposition to an income tax and support for open collective bargaining negotiations. Spokane voter opinion was so strong it could cascade across the Cascades.
Spokane voters were asked to weigh in on two propositions in this election, one that would ban a city income tax and another that would require collective bargaining sessions to be conducted in public view.
A $14.6 million supplemental levy in the Mead School District was resoundingly rejected Tuesday night by district voters.
The proposal is intended to bring more transparency to talks between City Hall and public employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, firefighters and police. The initiative is sponsored by Better Spokane, a pro-business nonprofit that is headed by City Council candidate Michael Cathcart.
The $4.2 million property tax levy would be collected from district residents at an estimated rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in 2020 and 2021.
Alone among the larger districts in Spokane County, the Mead School District decided this year to mitigate its budget problems by offering a two-year supplemental levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. If the $14.6 million measure passes, the district will reinstate some paraeducators who were let go in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel, and expand learning opportunities for nontraditional students.
The high court’s refusal to hear the case ends two years of litigation and permanently precludes the immigration measure from appearing on voter ballots. “This is absolutely the correct decision,” said the director of the Spokane’s Center for Justice.
Medical Lake has had its own fire department since 1904, but voters could decide next month to eliminate it.
The Spokane County Library District hopes to avoid reductions in services through passage of a $2 million property tax increase to fund operations at the system’s 11 branches. But library officials in the county fear that voters may confuse their offerings with the city, which hosted a controversial drag queen story hour this summer and has some voters confused about which system their taxes will go toward.
If the voters of Idaho don’t act quickly and decisively, the 2019 legislative session may go down as the year we all lost a cherished constitutional right: the right to take matters into our own hands when our elected leaders refuse to.
A ballot initiative that would empower Spokane city employees to participate in the enforcement of immigration laws was dealt another blow Tuesday, just two days after
Assistant Fire Chief Trisha Wolford will soon leave the Spokane Fire Department to become chief of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland.
Idaho voters can and should vote “Yes” on Proposition 1 and help revive an industry that embodies our Idaho values of hard work and fairness, entrepreneurialism, and our commitment to our children.
Pretty much everyone I know with an Idaho cellphone number, including me, received one or more texts in the past week from the campaign promoting Proposition 1, the initiative to authorize betting machines at Idaho racetracks and simulcast facilities.
Idaho is a devoutly free-enterprise state, yet voters there are being asked to change state law to prop up one industry: horse racing. Proposition 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot purports to generate support for public education, but it would do little for schools. Instead it would be a windfall only for a few people – those who would operate video horse racing. The measure would legalize betting on past horse races. That seems like an oxymoron, but technology makes historical horse racing – also known as instant racing – feasible. It is legal in Oregon, Wyoming, Kentucky and Arkansas.
Proponents of Proposition 1 in Idaho claim the initiative will revitalize the horse racing industry in the Gem State and support public schools. But opponents argue it mostly will authorize gambling machines that will pump profits into the hands of three private interests.
Many aspects of Idaho’s horse culture, including ranch work and rodeo, depend on a viable horse racing industry, Gov. Butch Otter said.
Lewis and Clark High School is the last Spokane Public School without a central place for students to eat lunch. A bond on the November ballot would change that.
The $495 million school Spokane Public Schools bond on the Nov. 6 ballot offers many things, but the biggest is a reduction in classroom size for kindergarten through third grade. By adding three new middle schools and replacing three others, the district could move sixth graders into those new buildings and free space for younger students.