February 11, 2019
Fast Facts
Bringing Business Up to Speed
Top Stories

Snowfall prompts a rare closure of the Legislature

It was a "significant and rare" day in Olympia today, as all legislative hearings were canceled due to heavy snowfall in and around Olympia (including this WSDOT webcam photo of near whiteout conditions at the Olympia Airport).

Longtime Associated Press reporter Rachel La Corte said this was the first time in her 14 years of covering the Washington Legislature that all legislative hearings have been canceled because of adverse weather.

Gov. Jay Inslee today expanded the state’s current emergency proclamation to include exemptions for truck drivers delivering runway and wing deicer to airports across the state. The proclamation previously eased requirements for commercial drivers delivering milk, food, deicing salt, propane and other supplies.

The snow shut down many businesses around the state today, after a weekend of snowfall that blanketed the Pacific Northwest. Several hundred people took part in a good-natured public snowball fight in Tacoma at Wright Park on Saturday after a local resident announced the event on Facebook.

AWB would love to see pictures of your business in the snow. Send snow pictures to us by email and we'll post a gallery on our Facebook page.

(Photo via)

« Back to Main
Restrictive Scheduling
State Revenue Is Growing

Legislative session focused on spending, taxes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The 66th Legislature convened Jan. 14 and is slated to end on April 28. During that time, the top job for lawmakers is to craft the state's two-year operating budget.

The good news is they have record tax collections to work with -- more than $50 billion for the 2019-2021 budget cycle.

To put that into perspective, in 2011-2013 the state collected $31.3 billion in tax revenue.

This revenue growth was illustrated in a large display last fall at the Association of Washington Business's annual Policy Summit. The tallest of the revenue lines was over 6-feet tall. That was the projection for 2021-2023, when state coffers are expected to take in more than $53 billion. At the other end of the chart, the line showing was just over three-and-a-half feet tall...

Read the full guest column in The Wenatchee World
Investing in Green Infrastructure

LNG fuel is just one way the Port of Tacoma's getting cleaner

By Don Meyer and John McCarthy, Port of Tacoma commissioners

The Port of Tacoma has a long history and culture of innovation, shared by our customers and partners.

Three years ago, TOTE Maritime, a port customer for 42 years, began the process to become one of the first shipping lines to run its ships on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a much cleaner burning fuel than traditional bunker diesel.

Is LNG a perfect solution? No, but TOTE's vision and initiative should be celebrated. We can see these benefits immediately by moving toward LNG now and keeping our trade moving, not waiting for the next technology to be invented.

Our plan to open an LNG plant on the Tideflats in the next few years will give us a competitive advantage and increase safety by not having to transfer the fuel via truck...

Don Meyer of Spanaway was elected to his third term on the five-member Port of Tacoma Commission in 2017. John McCarthy of Northeast Tacoma was elected at the same time after previously serving on the commission from 1983-92.

Read the full guest column in The News Tribune
Upcoming Events