December 8, 2014
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Bertha repair effort causing viaduct to sink

Digging a mammoth pit to access and repair the world's largest tunnel-boring machine is causing nearby soil -- and the Alaskan Way Viaduct -- to settle. Dewatering efforts have been halted while the problem is investigated.

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SMCC reorganizes; Schoesler takes Senate's top leadership post

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus (SMCC) chose Sen. Mark Schoesler as majority leader, replacing Sen. Rodney Tom, who did not run for reelection. Schoesler had been leader of the Republican bloc within the SMCC for the past two years.

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US on pace for best job growth in 15 years

Hiring surged in November, putting 2014 on track to be the best year for job creation since 1999.

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Feds approve Seattle-Tacoma Seaport Alliance

The Federal Maritime Commission has approved the groundbreaking agreement between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to merge many of their operations into what will be known as the Seaport Alliance.

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Error cancels 6,000 enrollments in state's health exchange

Washington Healthplanfinder accidentally canceled an estimated 6,000 new and renewing health insurance enrollees. Customers are being notified, but should also take their own steps to ensure coverage begins on Jan. 1.

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Inslee looking at tax on oil that arrives by rail

Oil arriving in Washington by rail could be taxed under a proposal being examined by the Inslee administration.

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Inslee names two retired judges to serve on Public Disclosure Commission

The five-person Public Disclosure Commission will have two new members: the Wenatchee judge who ruled in the disputed 2004 Gregoire-Rossi gubernatorial election; and the ex-chair of the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission who helped lead the same-sex marriage referendum campaigns.

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Democrats pick Carol Gregory as top choice to fill seat of the late Rep. Roger Freeman

The King and Pierce county councils will choose a one-year replacement for the late Rep. Roger Freeman from three candidates offered by the local Democratic Party. Federal Way School Board President Carol Gregory, the former president of the Washington Education Association, is the Democrats' top choice.

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New 'business-blue' coalition focuses on protecting Washington's trade status

By Eric Schinfeld, Washington Council on International Trade

As an advocate for international trade, I'm fortunate to work with some of the most innovative global brands in America today, witnessing companies whose efforts both distinguish them across the globe and also bring jobs and prosperity back to America's middle class. Last week, following our annual Washington Trade Conference, I introduced a panel discussion convened by partners from Keep Washington Competitive, a new coalition of business and labor leaders.

READ MORE: Click here for the full op-ed column in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Opinion: Gov. Inslee and Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce should carefully consider climate policy

By Mike Elliott, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

The low-carbon fuel standard the governor is considering by way of executive order could raise prices at the pump anywhere from 13 cents a gallon to $1.50. I'm told the purpose of the fuel standard is to encourage sustainable fuel production and use, with the ultimate goal being a reduction in carbon emissions (largely from cars and trucks operating on our roadways).

When considering climate change on a global scale, few would dispute the need to seek reductions in carbon emissions. But without a thorough understanding of potential impacts on fuel prices and, ultimately, jobs connected to transportation costs, further study of the fuel standard as a means of achieving reduced carbon emissions is warranted. While I'm all for lower carbon, cleaner fuels and better efficiency in our cars, trucks, industrial processes and lives, I cannot support taking action without knowing for certain we're not sending jobs out of the state or, worse, overseas where few standards, if any, exist.

READ MORE: Click here for the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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