November 17, 2014
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Inslee's office unveils possible toxics regulation bill

The governor's office unveiled draft legislation last week to bring the regulation of toxic chemicals out from under control of the Legislature and into oversight of the Department of Ecology. The measure is still in early draft form.

AWB is evaluating the bill. Government Affairs Director Brandon Houskeeper told Washington State Wire, "There’s certainly been a lot of debate in the Legislature. The Legislature has a long-standing tradition of not ceding their authority on things like this to the Department of Ecology."

The proposed legislation would allow Ecology and the Department of Health to create a list of 150 "high priority" chemicals that might pose a risk to children's health and that is measurable in the environment. Ecology could pick 20 chemicals subject to "chemical action plans" and manufacturers could be forced to cut down or eliminate use of four of those chemicals.

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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

Long term, transportation funding is school funding

By The News Tribune editorial board

"Children before concrete" is one of the catchphrases of people who've been fighting transportation funding in the Legislature.

It's a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don't steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children and everyone else.

The 2015 Legislature will rightly focus on increasing public school funding, as mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. But this shouldn't mean stiffing the state's infrastructure needs. It's not an either-or dilemma: Further investment in transportation is needed to fully fund public education over the long haul.

Click here for the full column in The News Tribune
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