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Washington Research Council (4 podcasts: Policy Today, Common Ground, InFocus and 90 Seconds)

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Policy Today: Seattle's surprisingly robust manufacturing industry

9/28/2017
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Today we're talking with the Manufacturing Industrial Council's Executive Director, Dave Gering, about the manufacturing industry - and manufacturing jobs - in Seattle. Dave talks about the 106,000 industrial jobs in the city, and what the industry is doing to educate students with the skills they need to find employment. With many open positions and employers having to import skilled workers from out of state, there are plenty of job opportunities in this robust sector of the local...

Duration: 00:24:02


Policy Today: McCleary Part 2 - Tax Revenues

8/28/2017
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Today's episode covers the new tax revenues in the recently passed K-12 education funding law, which the State of Washington hopes will fulfill its obligations in the Supreme Court's McCleary ruling. You can read our Special Report on the McCleary legislation here: https://researchcouncil.org/2017/08/17/new-special-report-has-the-state-finally-closed-the-book-on-mccleary

Duration: 00:17:13


Policy Today: McCleary Part 1 - Policy and Funding

8/21/2017
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Today we're discussing the K-12 education funding bill passed by the state Legislature, in response to the state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling on basic education. In this episode we cover funding and policy changes; in the next episode we'll cover tax revenues. To read our Special Report on the McCleary bill, click here: https://researchcouncil.org/2017/08/17/new-special-report-has-the-state-finally-closed-the-book-on-mccleary

Duration: 00:14:21


Policy Today: Manufacturing Tax Policy

7/28/2017
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Today we're discussing the manufacturing tax relief bill recently vetoed by Gov. Inslee. You can read our Seattle Times op-ed on the manufacturing tax here: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/lower-taxes-to-boost-manufacturing-jobs/

Duration: 00:16:24


Policy Today: Making Sense of Political, Economic Upheaval

5/18/2017
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The only constant in politics and economics today is change. From establishment-busting elections to upheaval in the workforce, the world is a much different place than it was just a few decades ago. Today's guest, Ian Toner, analyzes these changes for a living. Mr. Toner serves as Chief Investment Officer at Verus Investments, which offers research-driven advice to its clients (who include educational and charitable organizations, corporate, multi-employer and public defined benefit...

Duration: 00:11:57


Policy Today: A new capital gains tax for Washington state?

5/2/2017
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With proposals for implementing a state capital gains tax making the rounds in the Legislature, we discuss what a capital gains tax is, what the proposals are, and how they would affect Washington state. Click here for our recent analysis of the capital gains tax proposals: http://researchcouncil.org/2017/03/31/new-special-report-proposals-for-a-state-capital-gains-tax

Duration: 00:52:21


Policy Today: Comparing the House & Senate budget plans

4/13/2017
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Today we're discussing the differences between the state House and state Senate budget plans in the Washington Legislature. We've got a handy new Policy Brief with a bar graph and chart comparing the two. With a scheduled April 23 adjournment date looming, and the House proposing $1.5 Billion more in tax revenues than the Senate, it seems unlikely lawmakers will complete their business in the regular session; a "special" session appears likely. To read our policy brief comparing the House...

Duration: 00:27:52


Policy Today: What the new federal education law means for states, with AEI's Rick Hess

4/4/2017
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When then-President Obama signed the bipartisan "Every Student Succeeds Act" into law in late 2015, it marked a significant change in federal education policy. The previous law, President George W. Bush's "No Child Left Behind," had grown increasingly controversial for what critics on both the left and right called excessive federal overreach into local education policy. Today we're talking with Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute about his new book - "The Every Student Succeeds...

Duration: 00:27:19


Policy Today: A more fair tax-appeals process for Washington state

3/28/2017
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In today's episode we discuss Washington state's less-than-stellar system for tax appeals, and how it could be improved. We recently wrote a report on making the state tax-appeals process more fair -- which could include the creation of a state tax court. Bipartisan legislation to do just that has been introduced in the state Legislature this year. To read our report click here: http://researchcouncil.org/files/docs/2017/02/taxappeals.pdf To read our blog post on tax court legislation...

Duration: 00:11:01


Common Ground: Rep. Drew Stokesbary

3/23/2017
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We're delighted to welcome state Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-Auburn) to the podcast. As soon as we saw all the "Arrested Development" gifs populating his Twitter feed we knew he'd be the perfect guest. We sat down at the state Capitol in Olympia to chat about him being a younger member of the Legislature, how he got into politics and government and his approach to working across the aisle. Other random topics of discussion: Kim Jon Un and Dick Cheney. Plus, Drew fits in a reference to "The...

Duration: 00:27:11


Policy Today: How Tax Policy Affects the Economy

3/22/2017
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In this episode we discuss our recent Special Report, "Using Tax Policy to Promote Economic Vitality." Too often, adjustments to our state tax system are portrayed simply as "breaks" that give certain industries and/or companies special treatment. But as our report shows, these adjustments play a crucial role in keeping Washington competitive with other states for jobs and economic activity that could very easily go elsewhere. To read our Special Report, click here:...

Duration: 00:52:24


Common Ground: Rep. Brian Blake on Trump's appeal to traditional D voters in his district

3/10/2017
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We're pleased to welcome state Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), who took time out of his busy schedule during the legislative session to join our podcast. Rep. Blake represents the 19th Legislative District on Washington's southwest coast, a district whose counties have traditionally voted Democratic in presidential elections but last year largely went for Donald Trump. Jobs and the economy are hugely important, as is the case for most of Washington's rural residents. We discuss the issues...

Duration: 00:31:19


90 Seconds: Four-year balanced budgeting

3/7/2017
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In this episode we offer a brief overview of the four-year balanced budget requirement passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor in 2012. To read our Policy Brief on the requirement (from May 2012), click here: https://researchcouncil.org/files/docs/2013/08/2012balancedbudget.pdf To read our blog post (from April 2016) defending the four-year balanced budget requirement, click here: https://researchcouncil.org/2016/04/05/what-good-is-the-four-year-balanced-budget-requirement

Duration: 00:02:07


Policy Today: All About Prescription Drug Prices

2/20/2017
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Today's guest is Saumil Pandya, Senior Director of Policy & Research at PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. We discuss the lengthy process of getting a drug to market; comparing the high prices of some drugs (such as those used to cure Hepatitis C) with the even higher prices of treatment, hospitalization and surgery; how the prescription drug industry interacts with Medicaid; and the price-reducing effects of drugs going off-patent and being available in...

Duration: 00:56:30


90 Seconds: What is basic education?

2/17/2017
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In this episode we briefly discuss basic education, which is at the heart of the state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling. In that ruling the court said the state is not fulfilling its constitutional "paramount duty" to fully provide for basic education in public schools.

Duration: 00:02:12


90 Seconds: Gov. Inslee's proposed 2017-19 state budget

2/13/2017
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In this 90 Seconds episode we highlight some of the key elements of Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed 2017-2019 state operating budget. You can read our report on the governor's plan here: http://researchcouncil.org/files/docs/2017/01/govop1719.pdf

Duration: 00:02:18


90 Seconds: How Washington's petroleum refining industry contributes to the economy

2/7/2017
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In this 90 Seconds episode we give a quick summary of one of our recent reports, "The Economic Contribution of Washington State's Petroleum Refining Industry in 2015." You can read the report here: http://researchcouncil.org/files/docs/2017/01/2016_refinery_report_010417.pdf

Duration: 00:02:24


90 Seconds: A quick McCleary re-cap

2/7/2017
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In this 90 Seconds episode we give you a quick update on where things stand on the McCleary decision, which requires the state to fully fund basic education, including highlights of proposals currently being considered by state lawmakers.

Duration: 00:02:07


Policy Today: Washington businesses pay 58% of state & local taxes, and more

1/27/2017
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On today's InFocus podcast we're covering the latest news, including our new Policy Brief on business taxation in Washington state. Washington businesses pay 58 percent of state and local taxes, and have some of the highest tax burdens in the country. We also talk about the latest state budget outlook, and problems many school districts are facing with Washington's land-use law, the Growth Management Act. (Note: after we recorded this podcast, state Senate Republicans released their...

Duration: 00:33:02


Policy Today: New report on Gov. Inslee's proposed state budget

1/18/2017
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On tap today is our new Special Report on Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed state budget for 2017-19. We go in depth on the governor's proposals for more than $4.7 billion in new spending and more than $4.3 billion in new and increased taxes. To read the report, click here: http://researchcouncil.org/files/docs/2017/01/govop1719.pdf Visit our website here: http://researchcouncil.org/

Duration: 00:50:37

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