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Same-sex marriage could boost the economy, create jobs, promote business and generate tax revenue

If one were to cite strictly economic rationale for gay marriage, there is a great case to be made for it. Weddings create revenue of all sorts. States and local governments benefit from marriage licenses. Venues get booked and paid for, while hotels, restaurants and retail outlets also see sales rise. Even vacation spots get a nice dose of business from the honeymooning couple. Five states now allow same-sex marriage; ...more »

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Repeal Washington State's Prevailing Wage Law and Stop Catering to Labor Unions

Do not require a "prevailing wage" for bidders of government projects. Stop catering to labor unions. This artificially inflates the price of projects up to 3 times. There are many people who can live comfortably and without state assistance for much less than the prevailing wage. These people are very qualified and skilled, simply out of work. In many instances there will be two or three people willing to work for the ...more »

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