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Oct
31

Will I-1082 Create An Unregulated Insurance Market?

Initiative 1082 will create a market for private insurers to sell Labor & Industries Insurance (L&I, aka workers comp) in Washington State.  The state is currently the only provider of workers comp, except in cases of large employers, and some argue that this initiative, heavily backed by major insurance carriers, would create an unregulated market… Continue reading »

Oct
31

Both Sides Exaggerate What Might Happen Should I-1098 Pass

Legislation via initiative is complicated, so proponents and opponents try to simplify their messages to gain supporters. We’ve already shown how opponents of I-1098 have stretched the truth. Now we find that proponents of I-1098 are doing something similar. In a 30-second commercial, the Vote Yes on 1098 committee claims that the initiative “cannot be… Continue reading »

Oct
31

Do Sales Taxes Hurt Washington State Food Makers?

The Vote Yes On I-1007 campaign asserts that sales taxes on candy and beverages (which they call “groceries”) “hurt” Washington state “food makers” as well as “family farmers and ranchers.” The type of “hurt” is not defined; let’s assume the campaign means the sales tax will “reduce sales.” Given that the initiative is funded primarily… Continue reading »

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