November 2, 2015
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Washington state will not receive REAL ID deadline extension

The state Legislature adjourned this summer without creating a Washington driver's license system that complies with federal requirements for proof of legal U.S. residency -- despite already being on an extension to a previous deadline to do so. Last week the Department of Homeland Security informed the Department of Licensing that it would not grant Washington state another extension.

The federal REAL ID Act, passed in 2005, requires proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful status in the U.S. in order for a license to be valid for federal use, according to The Associated Press. The federal government granted the state a 10-month extension in January after state officials proposed a plan to the Legislature that would create a two-tiered licensing system. That plan would keep the current enhanced license but would also create a standard state license that would indicate it is not valid for federal purposes.

The Legislature didn't follow through on that or any other response to the 2005 REAL ID Act.

Washington residents will have a three-month grace period before its current temporary extension ends. During that time, federal agencies can continue to accept Washington driver's licenses and ID cards.

After that grace period, the Washington licenses and ID cards will no longer be valid for domestic travel or to enter federal buildings -- a U.S. passport might be required.

The Associated Press has more.

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Tacoma's Two-Part Minimum Wage Ballot Is Confusing -- Here's an Explainer

Tacoma voters have an important choice, but the ballot is a little confusing. You'll first answer whether you think the city should increase the minimum wage, then a second question whether the wage should rise to $12 or immediately to $15 if a majority of voters want it to increase.

Here's the important part.

Answer the second question no matter what! It does not mean you're voting for a minimum wage increase.

If you don't pick an option on the second half of the measure, it's like picking the option you don't want.

Click here to watch the full video on the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber's YouTube channel
Millennium Bulk Terminals

Timelines are important

By The Daily News editorial board

When it comes to big projects, timelines are important. Last week we learned the timeline for the Millennium Bulk Terminals' draft environmental impact statement was being pushed back. ...

Why are the goalposts being moved? Because it's a coal project?

Whether you support the Millennium coal project or oppose it, you should be upset with how the State of Washington has treated the timeline for this project.

Cowlitz County needs jobs and the Department of Ecology's poor performance isn't helping.
Click here to read the full editorial in The Daily News
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