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The good and the bad, what do initiatives mean for counties?

Initiatives can have large impacts on counties. In this second part of our election series blog posts, we look specifically at initiatives and their effects. The first post looked at changes within the legislative membership and the last post will look at the what happened within the WSAC membership. —————— In addition to half of the state Senate and all of

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What Legislative Elections Mean for Counties

As counties are an arm of the state, the legislative branch, is very important to WSAC’s and the legislature’s relationship. This post is the first of three blog post series to highlight what this mid-term election means for counties. The second post will look at initiatives and third will look at the changes within the WSAC membership.  —————— The 2018

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The Janus Decision

On June 27th, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Mark Janus is an Illinois State Employee who argued that paying agency fees to AFSCME amounted to “compelled speech” and violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. In 1977, the United States Supreme Court

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Puget Sound Day on the Hill

On May 23 and 24, over 60 advocates descended upon Washington D.C. to demonstrate support for Puget Sound salmon and orca recovery efforts. Counties, state agencies, tribes, conservation groups, non-profits, and businesses were greeted by the co-founders of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer, and had the opportunity to directly meet and engage with

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