In 1932, attempting to reduce the property-tax burden on farmers, 70 percent of Washington voters passed an initiative to enact a graduated income tax.

Vikram Jandhyala sees Seattle’s University District evolving into an “innovation district” — a place where public and private sectors work together to develop socially beneficial technologies.

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Experts explain why a flexible, dynamic work space greatly improves collaboration and productivity.

A young, diligent man I know came to the Seattle area from Mexico as a toddler. Permitted recently to work legally under former President Obama’s DREAM Act, the young man found a job at a used-car dealership. With bilingual skills and personal charm, he sold several cars in his first weeks on the job. Sadly, his employer took advantage of anti-immigrant sentiment stirred up by President Donald Trump to fire the young man, depriving him of commissions he was owed.

Juno Therapeutics has recruited former Genentech researcher Sunil Agarwal to head up a revamped research organization, according to an article in Endpoints, a biotech newsletter. The post references an internal memo it obtained in which CEO Hans Bishop told Juno's staff that the company would announce the new hire before the market opens Monday. Read the whole story here.

 

There’s been much talk lately of record Asian capital being pumped into the U.S. commercial real estate market, especially in the past year. Foreign investors stole the spotlight in 2016, injecting billions in commercial assets, with a clear preference for the office and hospitality sectors.

President Trump’s “skinny budget” proposal slashes appropriations for dozens of domestic programs that feed money to cities. Federal transportation, housing, environmental, education and law enforcement funds are just some of the revenue line items that are built into Seattle’s city budget and are at risk.

There’s a growing bipartisan consensus that a carbon tax just makes sense. A group of national Republican leaders with the Climate Leadership Council recently released a climate plan advocating for a carbon tax.