STILL GOING The downtown Seattle tunnel project.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • STILL GOING Our $3.1 billion downtown Seattle tunnel project.

The tunnel will be built, with or without Bertha: "Ever since tunnel-boring machine Bertha got stuck last winter, there haven’t been many trucks delivering tools and concrete segments inside the giant tube," the Seattle Times reports. "This lull allows enough room for workers behind the machine to start building the double-decker Highway 99 roadway at the Sodo end." Apparently, these proposals have been rejected.

Washington State is one of the few where poverty is rising: "New Census data released today shows that Washington state was one of a handful of states where poverty increased between 2012 and 2013, while median income remained stagnant," says the Washington State Budget & Policy Center. "The new numbers shed further light on the state’s uneven economic recovery and should serve as a call-to-action for lawmakers."

State revenue forecast is up: But it's not nearly as much money as lawmakers need.

More proof that Seattle rents are exceptionally high: "Between 2010 and 2013," reports the FYI Guy, "Seattle renters took a bigger hit to their pocketbooks than renters in any other large U.S. city."

SCOTLAND!

Union for now: Scotland will remain a part of Britain, and the Economist says yesterday's vote "ensured the continuation of the nation state that shaped the modern world, one which still retains great capacity for good."

But the vote itself represented a global "crisis of the elites." Neil Irwin writes: "Scotland’s push for independence is driven by a conviction — one not ungrounded in reality — that the British ruling class has blundered through the last couple of decades. The same discontent applies to varying degrees in the United States and, especially, the eurozone. It is, in many ways, a defining feature of our time."

Stopping global warming might be cheap: Or even free! Paul Krugman explores.

In this state, a convicted felon can easily sell guns on Facebook: SeattlePI.com explains how. Meanwhile, the campaign to require background checks (Initiative 594) says this is just one example of how "criminals in Washington are flocking to the vast online gun marketplace to evade background checks and arm themselves."

COULD BE a Comcast service center.

A writer in DC tries to figure out why his Comcast experience was so bad: Discovers what people in Seattle already know.

Obama tries to prevent antibiotic overuse: The New York Times explores the effort, which comes about because "researchers have been warning for years that antibiotics — miracle drugs that changed the course of human health in the 20th century — are losing their power because of overuse." And: "Some warn that if the trend is not halted, we could return to the time before antibiotics when it was common for people to die from ordinary infections and for children to not survive strep throat."

I don't know what this is, but I'm glad it exists: Thanks, Seattlish.