July 13, 2015
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Legislature's renewal of data center tax incentive points to economic growth in Eastern Washington

The city of Quincy expects two or three new high-tech data centers to locate in the central Washington town, thanks to the Legislature's renewal of a lapsed tax incentive. As the Puget Sound Business Journal put it: "Want a giant data center in your city? It takes more than cheap power. It takes tax incentives." Read more »

Daniel Bernardo named interim president of WSU

Daniel J. Bernardo, the provost and acting president, has been named interim Washington State University president to serve until a permanent replacement can be picked for the late Elson Floyd. Read more »

Clean Energy revolving fund to aid projects by Avista, PSE, PNNL and others

The state has signed contracts with Avista and Puget Sound Energy to field test and deploy new smart grid projects, including multi-megawatt batteries. Pacific Northwest National Laboratories will help analyze the results. Read more »

Frustrated over lengthy permit review, Port of Vancouver asks Inslee to push for firm timeline

It's been 22 months since the state's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Committee began a 12-month review of the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal. After news of a further delay to November, last week the Port of Vancouver asked Gov. Jay Inslee to push the committee to publish and stick to a firm timeline for environmental review. Read more »

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Export-Import Bank helps employers compete globally

By U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Kris Johnson

With the creation of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank over 80 years ago, many Washington state businesses -- both large and small -- have remarkable success stories to tell about growing their businesses because of exports.

These stories can be found throughout the Washington state in a variety of industries. Take for example, Seattle's Lighthouse for the Blind, a manufacturer of machine parts and molding for aerospace companies. Because of its robust export business supported by the bank, it is able provide more than 400 good-paying jobs for Washingtonians in the deaf-blind community. ...

Congress must act to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank charter. The consequences of doing nothing would be devastating to employers and employees in Washington state and around the nation.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Hill

Our Voice: Lawmakers make right choice supporting gas tax

By the editorial board of the Tri-City Herald

Voting in favor of a significant tax hike is not easy for lawmakers from conservative legislative districts.

So the Mid-Columbia legislators who approved an 11.9-cent gas tax increase should be commended for having the courage to make the right decision. ...

Tax hikes are tough to take, but at least in this case the Tri-City area will get some benefit from the new revenue.

And that is thanks to several Mid-Columbia lawmakers who made the right, but tough, choice...

Click here to read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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