In what’s billed as “The Great State Income Tax Debate,” tonight Bill Gates Sr. is facing off with Slade Gorton – two high-profile figures who are drawing national attention. The media here at UW Tacoma include 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl. Mr. Gates, father of that Bill Gates, is speaking in favor of Initiative 1098, which would install an income tax on the state’s wealthiest individuals. Former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton is taking the “no” side. You can watch a live webcast of the debate on tvw.org starting at 6:00 pm. I’m covering the debate for this Wednesday’s edition of The Impact, including a look at why this issue is drawing attention from outside the northwest.
I’ll be back up in Tacoma tomorrow morning for a look at budget cuts to community colleges and how they’re affecting the workforce. At a time when unemployment is high, more and more Washingtonians are looking for work in high-demand fields like aerospace and medicine, but capacity at community colleges is shrinking. We’ll take a look at how the latest round of statewide budget cuts are hurting employers & potential employees.
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