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Aug 22, 2013 Kate Martin commented on Smart, Effective Activism Pushes $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Fight into National Debate.
We need to get to zero youth unemployment. Let's leave the minimum wage lower for young folks to encourage businesses to hire them. Going too long without a job becomes a life sentence, literally.
Jul 12, 2013 Kate Martin commented on Run, Jane, Run!.
Is The Stranger scared poopless by women candidates to the extent that they feel they must lump us a do a group degradation? Failed school board candidate. Hmmm. I notice that not every candidate described in the media gets referred to by profession. I'm seldom described as a planner or designer - more often activist, or in this case failed school board candidate. Others are a legislator, a lawyer, a real estate tycoon, and an architect, but I'm just a failed school board candidate. Seems like more of the subtle subtext of sexism. I got 70,000 votes on about $5,000 worth of donations in 2011 when I ran for school board. That's quite a feat in my book since I'm interested in elections, not auctions. It is possible that you folks at The Stranger aren't?
Feb 6, 2013 Kate Martin commented on The Looming 401K Disaster.
The portfolio you choose for the 401K investment has to make sense. Overloading it in the volatile stock market has never made sense and still doesn't. It's a slow and steady return that yields without a lot of risk, not the immediate gratification some folks look for. Retirement investment would be a good and practical math class for kids. We need to take more responsibility for ourselves and pay ourselves first when the paychecks come - invest in our health, retirement, etc. The trend will continue to be toward people needing to take more responsibility for themselves, their family, their present and their future. There's some common sense to this that we could use a dose of. If you own a home, creating rentable space for revenue in retirement (and now to get the house paid off) is a good idea. It's one of the best returns on investment you can make in my experience.
Sep 20, 2012 Kate Martin commented on Why Did Bruce Harrell Weaken a Bill Designed to Clean Up City Elections?.
I'd move the date to the day after election day of the previous year, so for instance the first legal day to fundraise for an election in November of 2013 would be November 7th of 2012. A full year of fundraising is plenty. That's 2 extra months more than Mike O'Brien's original plan and much less than the Harrell amendment.

It seems we perhaps need to revisit term limits down at City Hall and elsewhere. These folks seem galvanized in their positions and I don't see that as a good thing.
Aug 2, 2012 Kate Martin commented on Bezos Family Funds Four PACs in Charter Schools Shell Game.
Don't feed the greed. No on charter school.
Jun 14, 2012 Kate Martin commented on Not Necessarily the Best or the Brightest—but Definitely the Richest.
Term limits would be another useful tool.
Mar 14, 2012 Kate Martin commented on Is This What We Voted For?: Arts Organizations Deemed "Unqualified" for Education Levy Money They've Been Getting for Years While Mayor Hosts Meetings Across Town on the Importance of Arts Education.
The way the Families + Education Levy spends the money is a joke. It's a real gravy train for the Failure Industry non-profits that get funded, but nothing done and it excludes groups and initiatives that would so useful to the kids' development as humans, not bubble test scores. Yuk. We could be getting so many great things done with that money that would really benefit the kids, but they refuse to focus and they refuse to look at real learning and the development of the child.
Nov 15, 2011 Kate Martin joined My Stranger Face

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