Betting on the Seahawks
In equality we trust?
The Seattle Times has an interesting comparison of income inequality in major U.S. cities today. The takeaway about Seattle, which has suddenly become minimum wage central, is pretty uninspiring: We're in the middle of the pack. (Hard to build a motivational campaign around that one.) It's when you drill down to real numbers that Kshama Sawant starts salivating: The bottom 20 percent of Seattle households subsist on a paltry $13,000 a year, while the top 5 percent earn an average of $423,000. That makes us the "fifth most affluent" city in America. Socialists, start your engines! — B.A.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Decoder Ring
For the average bloke, the Trans-Pacific Partnership — that controversial goliath of international trade agreements — is perhaps best described in the words of Winston Churchill: "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Luckily, KUOW holds the TPP decoder ring, publishing a segment yesterday on what it will mean for Washington state. Washington Council on International Trade President (and occasional Crosscut contributor) Eric Schinfeld and engineering labor rep Stan Sorscher weigh in. — B.A.
Today in Olympia
- Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, and Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, introduced bills to restore long-ago voter-approved cost-of-living raises for teachers, which have been suspended for several years.
- Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, introduced a resolution aimed at making it easier for school districts to pass bond levies.
- Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, introduced a bill to make oil refineries ineligible for a current tax break, originally meant for sawmills.
- The openly gay Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, introduced a bill aimed at determining whether so-called "gay conversion therapy" works, whether it is harmful and whether its use with minors should be regulated. — J.S.
We love Seattle's Matthew Inman for his insouciant style, rotund cartoon people and utilikilt ridicule. But, like many of Crosscut's writers, his job is to put himself — and his ideas — out there in the Internet's soupy opinionated messy sea on a regular basis. And, some of the comments that that soupy opinionated sea sends back can be downright soul crushing — a fact that Inman captures perfectly in his latest cartoon on "making things for the web." Crosscut's no YouTube, (In fact, many of our commenters are downright impressive in their encyclopedic civic affairs knowledge.) but we'd be lying if we said we didn't commiserate. — B.A.
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