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Tag: Andy Billig

March
26th

Scientist who denies human role in climate change runs into skeptical senators

 

A retired Western Washington University professor testified to a Republican-controlled state Senate committee  Tuesday that climate change stopped in 1998 and that human-caused greenhouse gases are not responsible for fluctuations in the Earth’s temperatures or melting polar ice caps.

The startling testimony from emeritus professor Don Easterbrook is at odds with an apparent consensus among climate scientists  and climate-science literature about human causes behind the the rise in global temperatures over the past century. His testimony  came one day after the Legislature sent Gov. Jay Inslee a bill that sets up a legislative work group to study Washington’s best

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March
19th

25 Senate lawmakers sign onto $42 million pledge for food aid in next state budget

The Senate goes first with a budget at the Washington Capitol this year, and the Republican-dominated Senate Majority Coalition is keeping pretty mum on its spending plans. But the coalition does plan to put out a budget in another week – well after tomorrow’s quarterly revenue forecast. In the meantime, there is a growing list of lawmakers or groups declaring what must be in the budget.

The latest is from the Children’s Alliance, aided by Republican Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn, who took the lead in rounding up signatures from 25 Senate members – a majority – in support of $42

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March
11th

GOP Sen. Dammeier says $1B for schools is under consideration

Lawmakers have been reluctant to say too precisely how much money they’ll put toward K-12 public schools to answer a Supreme Court ruling that found the state is failing to meet its constitutional obligations. But in a Sunday forum drawing education leaders in Olympia, Republican Sen. Bruce Dammeier of Puyallup said his caucus will be proposing a “significant” investment in the “billionish range,” according to this blog post by Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald.

Cornfield went on to write:

Sitting alongside Dammeier in the panel, Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said he’d like to see lawmakers

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March
6th

Letter grades for schools gets Senate approval

A divided state Senate Wednesday approved giving schools grades of A through F based on their performance starting in fall of 2014.

A pilot program to test the grading system would start this fall and continue through the 2013-2014 school year, involving five districts chosen by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. The grading system would then be implemented statewide in 2014-2015.

It’s a more relaxed timeline than originally proposed by Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, who initially wanted all schools to start receiving grades of A through F starting this fall.

A majority of Democrats opposed the bill,

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Feb.
1st

UPDATE – Senate Democrats say GOP coalition getting ahead of itself

Whether it’s new bills seeking reforms to K-12 schools or the worker compensation system, Senate Democrats complained today [Friday] that the Republican-dominated Senate majority is getting ahead of itself. Democratic Leader Ed Murray of Seattle and other members of his caucus met with reporters, suggesting that school reform bills recently heard in committee were based on legislation from other states like Florida and Louisiana, and they even tried to draw links the Tea Party and conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

Sen. Nick Harper of Everett posted a diatribe about the bills, including a proposal to hold back 8-year-olds

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