Slog PM: Trader Joe’s settles dispute over secure hours, Bob Ferguson sues Post Office for harming nature, and Spokane Valley bans newspapers from City Hall – Slog PM

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and 15 of his friends want to wipe that smile off the face of Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Somodevilla / GETTY chip

An anti-tax campaign financed by a gang of rich people could begin collecting signatures this weekend after today’s announcement that a Thurston County judge has officially approved the title and language of the ballot for Initiative I-1929. The initiative would repeal a 7% tax on profits from stock sales over $250,000, cutting $500 million a year in planned public funding for child care and education. Invest In WA Now, a campaign that opposed the initiative, has set up a hotline for people to call and report what signature collectors are saying so they can respond to any lies or half-truths. . Call (509) 495-1222 to report the bullshit they throw, but be nice to the signature collectors – it’s just a job. I-1929 seeks to collect over 400,000 signatures by July 8, but you can proactively decline to sign their petition here.

Seattle’s social housing initiative is starting to rack up mentions: Organizers of Initiative 135 recently announced support from the Washington Working Families Party, El Centro de la Raza and SEIU 6. But yesterday the Housing Development Consortium, a large group of affordable housing developers and banks, ransacked the effort in a long statement. The group essentially argued that the lack of an identified funding source for the initiative would simply mean that one more public development authority would be fighting for public/private leftovers, and they allege without proof that the mere existence of the campaign “undermined the legitimacy of existing public and non-existing powers”. for-profit organizations that are already engaged in this vital affordable housing work. »

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Guess we can’t call him King Inslee anymore: Washington State Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamations, which helped save thousands of lives, “were well within his emergency powers,” reports the Associated Press.

Ferg is back: He and attorneys general from 15 other states decided to sue the US Postal Service because the Trump-appointed postmaster general decided to buy a bunch of gas guzzlers instead of USPS electric trucks to fill the fleet, according to the Associated Press. They essentially argue that the postmaster’s environmental review process was not thorough enough.

Trader Joe’s resolves dispute over secure hours: I know it’s not a broken window or anything, but:

Wow, this thing about free speech on campus is really getting out of hand: A few days ago, the Spokane Valley City Council banned newspapers from the lobby of City Hall, according to The Spokesperson’s Review. Council member Brandi Peetz, one of two local officials who did not vote for the ban, said the other council members “just wanted the ban because they don’t like Wick.” [another council member who runs two local newspapers] and I want his diary out of the lobby.”

Associated reminder:

Amazon had a bad first quarter: The e-commerce giant has posted a net loss of nearly $4 billion so far this year, according to the Seattle Times, partly due to the drop in online sales (the pandemic is over and people are now buying dumbbells in stores!!!!). Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky pointed to a number of other big headwinds, including $2 billion in losses due to “inflation, the impact of more pandemic-related shutdowns in China, rising costs of shipping and increased fuel costs”, $2 billion in losses from “employees calling in sick amid the pandemic”, and $2 billion in losses from “the extra capacity of its transportation and its network of fulfillment centers.” This latter cost prompted CEO Andy Jassy, ​​a man known for eating chicken wings competitively, to say that Amazon “is entirely focused on improving productivity and profitability across our entire distribution network” rather than hiring more people and building more warehouses. I’m sure they will find these efficiencies a way that will benefit the workers bear.

The United States as a whole also had a poor first quarter: GDP fell 1.4%, mostly in line with economists’ expectations. According to the BBC, consumer spending “remained healthy”, but “an increase in imports, while exports fell, made the economy look worse than it was”, and the war in Ukraine and China’s pandemic lockdowns have also screwed everything up.

COVID is a real job killer: According to Seattle Times, in Washington state, “26 people have died after contracting the coronavirus while in a workplace – an increase from 24 people in 2020.” Inslee honored the dead during a remote Worker Memorial Day ceremony earlier today:

Falling behind on your utility bills? I ask, but I know. 8,500 of you owe money to Seattle utilities and 36,000 of you owe money to Seattle City Light. Meanwhile, “about 1,200 SPU business customers and 4,000 SCL business customers are in arrears.” On April 15, local leaders moved to end pandemic protections preventing power and water outages, but both utilities “still offer flexible payment plans with no late fees for all customers, and for income-eligible residential customers, deep discounts and emergency relief funds are available,” according to a press release The West Seattle Blog posted the whole thing on its website.

In other news you can use: King County immigrants who are not eligible for Apple Health can see a dentist for free this Saturday at El Centro de la Raza federally:

Expect a hot, dry summer: Washington State climatologist Dr Nick Bond told KING 5 that we should expect “above average temperatures with below average precipitation”, which means you should drink an amount above average water intake and smoking fewer than average number of cigarettes.

Speaking of cigarettes: The United States Food and Drug Administration banned menthols today. “If the US experience mirrors that of Canada after the ban on menthol cigarettes, 1.3 million people would quit smoking and potentially hundreds of thousands of premature deaths could be averted,” said Geoffrey Fong, Principal Investigator of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project,” according to the New York Times. Given the product’s popularity among black smokers, NAACP President Derrick Johnson supported the ban, saying menthols “have killed our children, our parents, our brothers, our sisters, and our livelihoods. “. That noise you hear is vaping companies cheering, laughing, and planning parties.

Oklahoma copies Texas abortion law: By this summer, the whole south is going to be full of poor people performing unsafe abortions or carrying unwanted pregnancies to term:

Ukrainian updates: Biden wants to spend $33 billion more on the war in Ukraine. The money would buy “more artillery, anti-tank weapons and other materiel as well as economic and humanitarian aid”, and would represent “an extraordinary escalation of American investments in the war”, according to the New York Times. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced “strong support” for Finland and Sweden’s inclusion in NATO, reports The Washington Post. Public opinion on the issue in both countries changed from “don’t make fun of Russia” to “oh, actually, damn Russia, they’re weaker than we thought” after the invasion of Russia. Ukraine by Putin. The Russians carried out missile attacks on kyiv today, killing at least one and wounding several. One of the missiles “hit near [UN] Secretary General Antonio Guterres during his visit to Ukraine to help evacuate tens of thousands of civilians,” according to Al Jazeera.

We talk a lot about division on social networks today: So let’s end the day with a band you could play at any party:

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