1. Isn't it weird that ... the Republicans say their workers' comp reform bills won't lower payouts for workers? According to the current law: "The monthly wages the worker received from all employment at the time of injury is used to calculate time-loss benefits. The statutory definition of wages includes medical, dental, and vision benefits" while the Republican proposal takes medical benefits out of the calculation, stating simply that "the worker's monthly wage is determined using total wages earned from all employment."
"The statutory definition of wages includes medical, dental, and vision benefits," but the Republican proposal takes medical benefits out of the calculation.
2. Isn't it weird that ... Gov. Jay Inslee hasn't appointed policy advisers on transportation and education yet?
That's what Democratic legislators, who are facing heavy lifts on both fronts, are grumbling about in Olympia, anyway.
3. Isn't it weird that ... the state can tax clubs that have a cover charge if they provide "an opportunity to dance"? Yes, it is. The Stranger reported on the obscure tax last year when a Capitol Hill club, Neighbours, got slammed with the tax after years of never being charged with it.
The same thing happened to the Tractor in Ballard, Trinity in Pioneer Square, and the Century Ballroom in Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, lots of similar clubs haven't been hit.
Like we said: Weird.
Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Seattle) introduced a bill today—along with his Seattle colleague Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Seattle) and suburban Republican Sen. Joe Fain (R-47, Covington)—that would get rid of the tax by clarifying what a cover charge is and what an opportunity to dance is.