Robert Cruickshank

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Robert Cruickshank is a transit rider and progressive campaigner who lives in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Senior Communications Advisor to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
On Wednesday, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its updated revenue forecast, and in doing so kicked off one of the most important battles over the state’s tax system we’ve seen in nearly 90 years. The forecast suggests the state will be...
At the beginning of the 2020 legislative session, Senator Joe Nguyen made a clarion call for going big. "A short session is not an excuse to do nothing, and definitely not an excuse for incrementalism," he wrote in The Stranger, urging his colleagues to tax the rich...
In response to the apparent passage of Initiative 976, Washington State's political leaders have begun acting as if they are required to slash public spending, especially on transportation projects--even though the initiative requires no such thing. For example, Governor Jay Inslee announced a freeze on all Washington...
There are two kinds of opposition to action on the climate crisis. The first is the one we're all familiar with: outright denial that it's happening, or that humans are causing it. However, it's the second kind that is more powerful--and less well known....
Yesterday's scoop published by The Urbanist showing that Mayor Jenny Durkan has refused to meet with more than 100 groups supporting the Center City Connector, and rejects data showing the project is worth building, was a shocker. It also flies in the face of statements Durkan made in the...
Next week the 2018 legislative session opens, and it will be the first one in six years where Democrats hold majorities in both houses. So why are transit advocates nervous? Despite winning a hard-fought special election by more than 10 points, Democrats in Olympia are vowing to use their new majority to attack...
The passage of ST3 was one of the few joyous moments on an otherwise bleak November election night. Voters approved the proposal by more than a 10 point margin. Transit supporters declared victory and went home to plan for the long process of planning and building a massive expansion...
As a parent who lives in the 36th District, and therefore a constituent of State Senator Reuven Carlyle, I share his concern that Washington State be able to fully fund our public schools as well as address the climate crisis by building rail to connect our community to so...