October 20, 2014
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State's revenue collections $14.4 million above projections

Washington's newest monthly revenue report shows state tax collections coming in $14.4 million better than what had been forecast for the past month. That's a 1.2 percent increase over what was expected, thanks largely to real-estate excise taxes from large commercial property sales.

It's typical of the slow gains the state treasury has seen over the past two years, The Olympian reports. The state now expects to collect $34 billion over the next two-year budget cycle beginning June 2015.



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Northwest must preserve salmon and hydro dams

By Terry Flores, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners

Last month at Bonneville Dam, an extraordinary coalition of Northwest tribes, government agencies and river users -- including farmers, businesses and utilities -- gathered to celebrate a landmark event for our region's iconic salmon.

This year's return of about 2.3 million salmon and steelhead to the Columbia River Basin shattered the modern-day record for total annual salmon returns -- an abundance we haven't seen since fish counting began at the dam more than 75 years ago.
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