Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

Boycott Poverty Tomorrow

February 19th, 2014

 Tomorrow, on January 20, Seattle fast food workers and their supporters will be boycotting the big burger chains — McDonald‘s, Burger King, and Wendy’s.  If you want to join them, you can pledge to Boycott Poverty on February 20th. If you want to do more, you can sign up to join a boycott line. The folks […]


History and Background on the Minimum Wage

January 17th, 2014

Increases in the minimum wage are being considered at a variety of levels, from the federal to the city. As part of the city’s consideration of an increase in the minimum wage, I’ll be occasionally sending out a series of short essays/blog posts to add depth and background to the ongoing discussion. History & Background […]


Finance and Culture Committee; new 2014-5 Council committees

January 10th, 2014

On Monday the Council voted to pass Resolution 31499 to create a new committee structure for 2014-5. I will be chairing the Finance and Culture Committee. Councilmember Godden will be vice-chair, and newly elected Council President Burgess will also serve on the committee. In addition I will also be vice-chair of the Public Safety, Civil […]


Raising the Minimum Wage in Seattle

December 20th, 2013

Yesterday I participated in Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s press conference announcing his Income Inequality Advisory Committee. The Mayor-elect appointed me, along with Councilmember-elect Sawant and Councilmember Harrell to serve on the 23-member committee, charged “with delivering an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage within Seattle.” The committee includes members from business, labor, and […]


Urban Politics #343: Accountability in the City Budget

December 9th, 2013

Next year, the City’s new Startup Seattle program will provide the Council a 3-year work plan and identify monetary and in-kind commitments from non-city partners.


2014 City Budget: Emergency Shelter for Families, Enforcing Labor Standards, Early Learning, and Public Safety

December 6th, 2013

The City Council passed the 2014 City of Seattle budget in late November,  focusing on public safety, shelter for families, and early learning. Two of my key priorities are included: emergency shelter for homeless families, and funding for enforcing labor standards.  Shelter for homeless families and youth With the Council’s support of $200,000 in the […]


New Funding for Arts Businesses

November 18th, 2013

Next year, the City’s Office of Arts & Culture will resume a program that creates more jobs at Seattle arts organizations.


Marijuana policy update

November 1st, 2013

The City and the State have been active on marijuana issues in recent weeks. The City’s Department of Planning and Development has released a document explaining City of Seattle regulations regarding marijuana-related businesses, in the wake of the Council passage of Council Bill 117781. The State Liquor Control Board finalized rules for implementing I-502, passed by […]


Arts Mean Business

October 28th, 2013

The City’s Arts Means Business program once funded jobs crucial to arts, culture and heritage organizations. It should be renewed next year.


Arts Commission Budget Comments

October 21st, 2013

The Seattle Arts Commission has submitted its comments regarding the Office of Arts & Culture’s (OAC) 2014 proposed budget.