SEATTLE -- Boeing, the state's largest employer, expects to cut 4,000 jobs by June.
The company says the 4,000 jobs could come from anywhere in the company but most are expected to come from the Washington state workforce. Such deep losses have many wondering why Boeing was given billions of dollars in tax breaks with no guarantees on total job numbers. Governor Jay Inslee championed those tax breaks.
Well, he's a Democratic, so what can you expect? The state of Washington gave the company $8.7 billion in tax incentives; in exchange, the company's moving jobs out of the state. P.T. Barnum was right: there's one born every minute.
But Washington's a union state. South Carolina's a right-to-work state. You've got to cut costs if you're going to stay competitive in the international aerospace industry.
Meanwhile, there's not an aircraft in the sky that doesn't contain parts produced by Precision CastParts, which is based in southeast Portland and neighboring Milwaukie. Naturally, residents in southeast Portland are targeting the plants over "pollution concerns". The company is the second largest one based in Oregon (Nike's got the first-place lock).
Its parts, made from titanium, nickel, cobalt and steel alloys, are found in General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce jet engines, as well as in nuclear power plants, satellite launch vehicles and medical devices.
You can see why the neighbors are worried: toxins and cancers. Of course, the place with the most toxic air quality isn't located there:
The air in the most toxic hot spot in the city, located in the heart of downtown, is capable of causing an extra 86 cancers per million people.
"No one even knows how many Executive Branch agencies there are – estimates range from 60 to 438 – much less how many new rules they implement and impose each year. Officially, [CEI's Clyde Wayne] Crews says, they issued a staggering 3,554 new rules in 2014, while President Obama signed 'only' 226 new laws enacted by Congress. Worse, of the 53,838 (!) formal final regulations included in the Federal Register from 2001 through 2014, only 160 (0.3%) received a 'cost-benefit' analysis; we have no idea how the rest affect us."
It kind of depends upon the sub-agencies within agencies, so getting a firm handle on just how many exist is a rather daunting task. But the regulations, written by armies of unelected bureaucrats, have the full effect of law, despite the fact that law-making is supposed to be the purview of Congress, and Congress alone. Spooky.
This really needs to be brought back under some semblance of control.
It's bad enough to be murdered, dismembered, and burned - but when the cadaver dog urinates on your remains, it adds that final cherry on top.
And you may have seen the adverts for Viking River Cruises; lovely, luxurious cruises on the various rivers and canals in Europe for only $11,000. Yeah, about that: a guy in Loveland, Colorado booked one of those for for his wife and himself, but she died suddenly. So he figured he'd go by himself, and contacted the company to note the change in plans. "Sorry about your loss," they said, "but you'll need to pay an $850 'rebooking' fee".
Hey, they can't be expected to make these changes for free!
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a guy walked into the housewares section of a Target store and removed "a knife out of a package before using it to stab himself," police said in a statement. Naturally, the store remained open for business.
"It's disgusting that they would let people continue to shop when there's a dead body inside," Marlene Rodriguez, 34, told the Los Angeles News Group.
It's a Target, Marlene - although yeah, the guy probably shouldn't have used the knife; we generally expect Targets to be shot at.
Nobody in history has ever achieved this feat, but after 35 years, John Hinckley, Jr. is on track to become the first person ever to have shot an American president and and then walked free:
Dr. Flores believes it's not a matter of if Hinkley is released permanently, but when, meaning the man who tried to kill President Reagan could soon have a permanent home in Hampton Roads.
Not that it'll be easy; even Subway turned his employment application down.
In Rubio’s letter he penned, “The decision to suspend my campaign for president of the Untied States [sic] is not intended to release any national convention delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegate selection process that took place in your state,” according to The Hill.
Well, alrighty then. Glad Marco cleared that all up.
Portland transportation officials want to strategically build sidewalks – and maybe even pave some gravel roads – with up to $1 million a year from a new program that the City Council will consider Wednesday.
For a homebuilder working on an infill-project, that amounts to $30,000 for a lot with 50 feet of frontage along a substandard road. That would come on top of existing city development charges, which include about $2,800 for the city's transportation fund.
PBOT has an annual budget of $500 million, yet they can't figure out a way to fix potholes or build sidewalks - for that, they need more money. And some folks still wonder why it's becoming unaffordable to buy or rent in the city.
The bill took effect immediately upon its passage March 2 and is titled, “Relating to witnesses in legislative proceedings; and declaring an emergency.” SB1595 basically addresses the objections of some witnesses to making a religious oath with the phrase “so help you God,” which has historically constituted a “sworn statement” for purposes of perjury.
It's an emergency! We can't have people swearing an oath like that! After all, some people don't believe in God, and we have to address the perceived needs of Satanists and atheists, because we're all about diversity and inclusion.
The U.S. IRS already receives pretty much all of the information about your income that it needs to determine your tax status, so why do we spend hours filling out forms and entering data that they already have?
In Sweden, the vast majority of taxpayers don’t do battle with tax documents and fine-print questions about itemized deductions. They just get a document from the government with all the relevant information already filled out. Some even get a text message with their prepared tax information, and if they respond “yes,” their taxes are done.
But that's not the USA way: even though politicians keep telling us that we need to be more like European nations by building streetcar and light rail lines, riding bicycles, and whatnot - when it comes to taxation, they don't want to be anything like the Europeans. And of course, companies like H&R Block and Intuit lobby to keep taxes here as complex as possible. It's how they make their money.
Crispr—a memorable acronym for the mouthful, “clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats”—gives scientists an unprecedented ability to decrypt and reorder genes, opening up a dazzling and terrifying universe of possibilities. This year, a top national security official called gene-editing a weapon of mass destruction—along with nuclear detonation, chemical weapons and cruise missiles—because it could be used to create “potentially harmful biological agents or products.”
Well now, everybody needs a hobby, right? And what's great is that you can buy everything you need to set up your own lab, down in the garage, for about a thousand bucks on eBay.