A new proposal in City Council may bump up already significant rises in solid waste bills over the next two years. The council has already approved a 4.3- and 3.4-percent rise in rates for 2015 and 2016, but the new proposal would add an additional 4.1 percent over those two years. The planned increase is intended to maintain the high credit rating of the SPU Solid Waste Fund.
An initiative to reduce public school class sizes just made its debut. Initiative 1351, sponsored by a group called Class Size Counts, would limit how many students could be in a single class in Washington Public Schools. The rationale for the initiative points to studies that claim that there’s a learning benefit in small class sizes, though no funding source for such a shift in school organization has been specified.
The State Public Disclosure Commission would like to show you how much money your lawmakers have. Using a financial disclosure system called an F1, the commission would list a lawmaker’s income, assets and investments for public transparency. Several other states already have such a system in place.