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Hot topics discussed at Tri-Ports legislative lunch

December 13, 2013 J,

Transportation issues, finding money for projects to create new jobs and a possible hike in gas taxes were hot topics at the Tri-Ports legislative luncheon held Tuesday. Port and county commissioners and staff and representatives from the public utility districts, chambers, cities and higher education attended the meeting at the Columbia Center Red Lion Hotel [...]

Senate majority coalition plans to focus on reforms to education, workers’ comp

December 13, 2013 J,

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus called a press conference on the one-year anniversary of its creation, saying they have outlasted skeptics and plan to move forward with an agenda that includes reforms to basic education and workers’ compensation. Last year, Democratic Senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon announced they were joining with 23 Republicans to form a new coalition [...]

Business scammed state out of more than $600,000

November 26, 2013 J

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A Mountlake Terrace man faces years in prison for scamming the state out of more than $600,000 through his language interpretation business. Philip Ward and his wife Kitzia Huerta formerly owned Hispanic Voices in Mountlake Terrace. The business had a contract with the state Department of Labor and Industries to provide interpreters [...]

State to fund community projects that benefit fish and wildlife

November 26, 2013 J

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking grant applications from citizens, community groups and local governments to fund projects that will benefit fish and wildlife. The Aquatic Land Enhancement Account has $258,000 available for 2014 projects such as habitat restoration, public education, and research, according to the DFW news release. The money [...]

State lawmakers negotiate $12.3 billion transportation package

November 26, 2013 J

OLYMPIA, WASH. — As lawmakers continue to work on reaching an agreement on a transportation package, a Senate panel Thursday held a public hearing on a $12.3 billion proposal that includes an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and puts money toward road projects across the state. More than 100 people packed a conference room, as well [...]

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