August 26, 2019
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State Sen. Barbara Bailey to retire in September

State Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, has announced her retirement, effective Sept. 30, The Seattle Times reports. Bailey is stepping down to spend more time with her family.

Bailey was first elected to the Senate in 2012, and also served five terms in the House, writer Joseph O’ Sullivan reports. She formerly chaired the Senate Higher Education Committee and sponsored the Real Hope Act in 2014, which extended State Need Grant funding to undocumented students in Washington colleges.

“Senator Bailey has been a tireless public servant, dedicated to improving this state and fighting for the people of her district,” said state Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, in a statement.

Bailey represents the 10th Legislative District, which includes Island County, and parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties. Republican Party officials from those areas will nominate people to replace Bailey. County commissioners will pick the replacement from those candidates, the newspaper reports.



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Support for Ex-Im Bank Grows


In Our View: Congress must reauthorize Ex-Im Bank now

By The Columbian Editorial Board

For 85 years, the federal Export-Import Bank has helped American corporations compete in the global marketplace. Now it is in need of reauthorization from Congress.

In recent years in Clark County, the bank has supported companies such as Conquest Consulting Group, Northwest Natural Products and Neil Jones Food Company. Across Washington, it has supported companies large and small in every region. About 90 percent of businesses that use Ex-Im Bank services are small businesses that provide local jobs and contribute to the local tax base.

The Ex-Im Bank, which provides and guarantees loans to help foreign entities make purchases from U.S. companies, is particularly important in our state, where an estimated 40 percent of all jobs are tied in some fashion to international trade...

Read the full editorial in The Columbian