October 30, 2017
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Controversial Ex-Im Bank nominee to get Senate hearing this week

Rep. Scott Garrett, the former U.S. House member who vowed to shut down the Export-Import Bank, will get a hearing this week for his nomination to serve as president and chairman of the agency. Also up for a hearing are four other non-controversial nominees to serve on the bank's board.

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U.S. factory sector activity hits 13-year high

American factory shop floors are hopping. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index hit 60.8 in September, overcoming the headwinds of a severe hurricane season to make its best showing since May of 2004.

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'Hirst Will Shatter the American Dream...'


Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

By former Gov. Dan Evans

It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas.

As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state's capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed.

Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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