September 23, 2019
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Chelan PUD formally opposes Snake River Dam removal

Commissioners with the Chelan Public Utility District voted unanimously last week to oppose removing the four Snake River dams, North Central Washington Life reports.

The dams have raised concern from environmental groups who are concerned about the health of Orca whales, which depend on salmon from the Columbia river to survive.

State officials are preparing to study the effects of removing the dams. The Legislature approved $750,000 to study what would happen if the dams were removed.

PUD commissioner Randy Smith said even though Chelan PUD does not receive its power from Snake River dams, the area still has a stake in the issue, NCW Life reported.

“There’s a minor direct impact,” Smith said. “We got a preview of that this spring when there was a price spike because of the lack of firm power available.”

He said removal of the dams would likely have repercussions for this region “in ways we don’t yet begin to understand.”

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Arguments Against a State Income Tax

An income tax is not in our best interest

By Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson

Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.

The historically unpopular notion of introducing an income tax is not exactly new to Washington, yet it has seen growing interest from income tax supporters in big city government and from certain state lawmakers who would pass income tax legislation if given the opportunity.

As Washington State Treasurer, four-term Benton County Treasurer, and licensed CPA for over 25 years, I have cultivated an automatic sense of duty to advocate for fiscal responsibility. When I see such disregard for taxpayers, my obligation is to stand up for what is right on their behalf.

Many of the legislature's self-induced financial woes have readily available remedies that do not involve raising taxes or adding an income tax, making it apparent to me that as a state we have some serious financial issues within our legislative practices we need to start addressing...

Taxing income would weaken Washington's thriving economy and reduce our capacity to compete for business. We need to agree on improving our habits and reigning in state debt before considering the addition of new taxes. An income tax is not in our best interest.

Read the full guest column in The Tri-City Herald