The dismissal of all misdemeanor crimes, excluding DUI and domestic violence, effectively legalizes those crimes. The new law was introduced into the budget process, rather than in the open with a hearing, and would open the floodgates for crime, including theft, assault, harassment, trespass and more.
Seattle Public Schools sent out a warning to parents that thousands of students could be banned from returning to school after Christmas break if they are not up to date on their vaccinations. “Personal” or “philosophical” exemptions for the MMR vaccine were eliminated by Washington state lawmakers in May of 2019.
Amazon, Starbucks and other large employers were able to pressure Seattle’s City Council into overturning the socialist “head tax” of $275 on each employee per year that was expected to raise $50 million per year. The money was to help the growing homeless population. Amazon has more than 45,000 employees, and the tax would have cost the company $12,375,000.