Think the court’s liberals would have shown as much judicial restraint in striking down a precedent they didn’t like?
On Jan. 5, the Washington State Supreme Court decided McCleary et al. v. State of Washington in a seven-member majority opinion that has the potential to set the state on a new path for education funding.
In the case of Harris v. Quinn, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling stating that home healthcare workers in Illinois should not be considered full-fledged state employees and thus cannot be compelled to either join a union or pay representation fees to one.
Justice James Johnson, who stepped down from the Washington State Supreme Court on April 30 citing health concerns, will be joining a new team he believes reflects his values.
Union policy goals seldom match citizens’ priorities, and this fall Seattle will see the difference. Seattle voters will have to decide if city spending should be for expanding early learning services to families, or for the unions’ priorities.
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has found a new pet project to reduce opportunities for students seeking to enter the workforce.