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SEATTLE (AP) — During the first month of legal marijuana sales in Washington state, stores sold just under $3.8 million, which is expected to bring in more than $1 million in state taxes, the state reported on Friday.

Although licenses have been issued for about 40 stores, only 18 were selling pot in July, and 16 of them have reported sales so far in August.

“It’s off to a healthy start, considering that the system isn’t fully up and running yet,” said Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington Liquor Control Board. read more »

 

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington labor, government and business officials are still reading and analyzing the dense U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week on union dues for home health care workers, but many believe Harris v. Quinn will have implications for Washington state.

That impact could go well beyond the 35,000 union-represented home health care workers in the state and also affect the thousands who care for children with disabilities in their homes as well as medical interpreters. read more »

 

SEATTLE — State, federal and local law may all play a role in the Washington Supreme Court’s decision on whether a new $15 minimum wage law in SeaTac applies to airport workers, if the questions asked by justices during oral arguments Thursday are any indication.

They asked such a broad variety of questions that the lawyers barely had time to push the court in one direction or another during the hourlong hearing. The lawyers already had flooded the court’s in-box with numerous briefs, so the justices had a good idea of how the attorneys wanted them to rule. read more »

 

 

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour, which would make it the highest in the nation.

The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A newly elected socialist City Council member had pushed the idea as well. read more »

 

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday proposed a phased-in increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years — a compromise endorsed by both business and labor that would make the city’s pay baseline the highest in the nation. read more »

 

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the state Legislature isn’t making enough progress toward finding more money for K-12 education in answer to the court’s decision in the McCleary school-funding lawsuit.

The high court told lawmakers they must have something better to report after they finish their work in spring 2013.

“Steady progress requires forward movement. Slowing the pace of funding cuts is necessary, but it does not equate to forward progress,” wrote Chief Justice Barbara Madsen in the order filed Dec. 20.

In January, the Supreme Court ruled the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to amply pay for basic education. read more »

 
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