September 30, 2019
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U.S.-Japan Trade agreement good news for Washington farmers

The U.S. and Japan have reached a deal on international trade that will lower agricultural tariffs in Japan and industrial tariffs in the U.S., and create new rules in the digital economy as well. Read more »

Congress moves toward allowing marijuana businesses to access banking products

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a law prohibiting federal regulators from penalizing lending institutions that work with marijuana business which are following state laws. The goal is to address safety issues created when marijuana businesses rely solely on cash.

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Freeways Aren't Free

The Times recommends: Reject car tabs Initiative 976 and its devastating effects

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

In his latest ballot measure, initiative promoter Tim Eyman is overreaching again. He conjures a fantasy world in which Washington's transportation infrastructure is complete, efficient and everlasting.

The real-life Initiative 976 is a direct threat to Washington's well-being. It would cut repairs to streets and bridges of 62 districts across the state, delay voter-approved mass transit in mid-construction and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. The statewide transportation budget, including highway construction and the State Patrol, would be shorted $4 billion over the next decade.

Little wonder large employers including Amazon, Alaska Airlines and Microsoft, business groups, city and county officials, unions and environmental concerns oppose I-976...

Nothing about I-976 is a good idea, in terms of responsible governance or prudent money management. Eyman asks voters to buy a falsity that there's some miraculous way to fund our state's backlog of bridge, road and transit needs. Because the courts cannot end this toxic nonsense quickly enough, voters must reject I-976 themselves.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times