November 20, 2017
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Millennium shoreline permit denied; process shows excessive regulatory review process, supporters say

A Cowlitz County hearing examiner has denied two key shorelines permits needed by Millennium Bulk Terminals for its $680 million export terminal in Longview. The company said it will appeal, and supporters said the restrictions on industrial development set a worrying precedent.

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Seattle City Council rejects business tax for homeless

By a 5-4 vote, the Seattle City council last week voted down a measure that would add another tax on the city's employers to pay for services and housing to aid the homeless. Several of the council members who voted "no" said they hope to revive a different version of the proposal next year.

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Governor declares Nov. 25 to be Small Business Saturday

Small businesses are the backbone of Washington's economy, the glue that holds communities together, and are deserving of local support as the holiday shopping season begins, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a proclamation that declares Saturday, Nov. 25, to be Small Business Saturday in Washington.

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Some paper-making operations to shut down in Camas

Parts of the Camas paper mill will shut down over the next two years as Georgia-Pacific reduces its production of paper for copiers and printers to match lower demand. The company will continue making tissue paper at the mill. Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, said the decision is a warning to the state that competitiveness matters to preserve crucial manufacturing jobs.

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Continue Bipartisan Successes

One-party rule in Olympia should not end bipartisan effort

By Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville

The election this month of Democrat Manka Dhingra to represent the people of the 45th legislative district changes the landscape of the Washington state Senate, resulting in a return to one-party rule in Olympia.

However, it does not have to change the bipartisan way in which the Legislature has operated since a group of Democrats joined with Republicans in 2013 to govern by consensus, ushering in unprecedented achievements.

For the past five years, the bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus controlled the Senate, while Democrats controlled the House of Representatives and governor's mansion. For measures to pass, members of both chambers had to debate, negotiate and compromise.

This process resulted in the passage of historic legislation, such as the first-ever college-tuition reduction, a $16 billion transportation package and a plan to fully fund basic education with equitable levy reform...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Legal Maneuvers

Be watchful of Seattle's income tax

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

In July, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to impose an income tax on its wealthiest citizens, knowing full well the decision would end up challenged in court.

That apparently was part of the strategy.

By spurring debate, advocates for the Seattle income tax hope to reverse historical precedent and open the door so other communities can follow Seattle's lead.

If that were to happen, it's reasonable to think the next step would be an effort to impose an income tax statewide. That's why we should be watching this issue closely.

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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