July 13, 2015
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Legislature's renewal of data center tax incentive points to economic growth in Eastern Washington

While there was much discussion in Olympia about removing tax incentives, the Legislature this year voted overwhelmingly to renew a tax credit that it had let lapse. After Washington's tax incentive for data center construction expired, Iowa won a $1 billion data center with a "very attractive tax incentive package."

Now that Washington has resumed its tax incentive, Central Washington towns are expected to again benefit with high-value data centers. The town of Quincy believes it will gain two or three more data centers now that Washington has reinstated this tax incentive to make construction competitive, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Opportunity Washington has background on the issue here.

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Export-Import Bank helps employers compete globally

By U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Kris Johnson

With the creation of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank over 80 years ago, many Washington state businesses -- both large and small -- have remarkable success stories to tell about growing their businesses because of exports.

These stories can be found throughout the Washington state in a variety of industries. Take for example, Seattle's Lighthouse for the Blind, a manufacturer of machine parts and molding for aerospace companies. Because of its robust export business supported by the bank, it is able provide more than 400 good-paying jobs for Washingtonians in the deaf-blind community. ...

Congress must act to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank charter. The consequences of doing nothing would be devastating to employers and employees in Washington state and around the nation.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Hill

Our Voice: Lawmakers make right choice supporting gas tax

By the editorial board of the Tri-City Herald

Voting in favor of a significant tax hike is not easy for lawmakers from conservative legislative districts.

So the Mid-Columbia legislators who approved an 11.9-cent gas tax increase should be commended for having the courage to make the right decision. ...

Tax hikes are tough to take, but at least in this case the Tri-City area will get some benefit from the new revenue.

And that is thanks to several Mid-Columbia lawmakers who made the right, but tough, choice...

Click here to read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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