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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 12 at 9:52AM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND TEMPERATURE INVERSIONS WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA THURSDAY

This Afternoon

Hi44° Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Tonight

Lo33° Slight Chance Showers and Patchy Fog

Saturday

Hi46° Partly Sunny then Chance Showers

Saturday Night

Lo34° Chance Showers

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo43° Slight Chance Rain

Tuesday

Hi54° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Rain

Autopilot pay hikes don’t work

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I think Washington teachers should have a cost-of-living pay raise. We are fair people in this state and I don’t think many of us believe teachers are worth less today than they were last year, or the year before, or way back in 2007, which I think is the last year they got a cost-of-living boost.

This is fair, but not easy. A lot of people who pay the taxes to pay the teachers haven’t gotten a pay raise lately, either. Some have had their pay cut. Some don’t have a job at all. They don’t have the luxury of pressuring their employer for higher wages through the political process. Teachers aren’t shy about that. They played on voter sympathies in a big way in 2000, when Initiative 732 was passed overwhelmingly, granting automatic yearly raises keyed to an inflated cost-of-living index, and giving the Legislature no clue how to pay for them.

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