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The Washington Coalition for Open Government Honors Three Citizens Who Opposed SB 6617

Washington Coalition for Open Government Exposes Washington State Legislature Exempting Themselves from Public Record Act

The WashingtonWashington Coalition for Open Government Coalition for Open Government is lauding the efforts of three Washington residents who personally asked the state legislature to vote no on SB 6617, a bill WCOG strongly opposes. The Coalition will honor former Whidbey Examiner Owner Kasia Pierzga of Olympia, Navy Retiree Gordon Paget of Vancouver, and The News Tribune Publisher and President David Zeeck, with Key Awards for appearing before lawmakers, with very little notice, to urge them to defeat a bill WCOG considers an affront to the principles of open government.

“This bill was passed under the very cloak of darkness. Continue Reading

Governor Inslee announces new Career Connect Washington Task Force

The first ever Governor’s Summit on Career Connected Learning in Redmond drew over 1,200 participants Wednesday as business, industry, education, and community leaders came together to discuss next steps to help more Washington young people prepare for high-demand careers.  The Summit was the culmination of an 18-month National Governors Association Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning… Continue Reading

Washington State Makes Questionable Finding on Rail Impact of MBT

Recently, after five years of study and review, the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) released a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Millennium Bulk Terminal project in Longview that contains an allegation that the maximum 16 potential train trips (8 trains entering and leaving the facility) providing service to the facility would increase the… Continue Reading

Eastside Employers Invited to Commute Advantage WorkSmart Telework Workshop in Bellevue

Eastside Employers to Learn How to Profit from Workplace Strategy Eastside Employers Will Find Predictable, flexible and efficient commute options keys to employee retention and productivity Teleworking allows employees to do more while commuting less with Eastside employers seeing a return to their bottom line. Eastside Employers could save 25 to 90 percent in overhead, in… Continue Reading

King Conservation District Announces $650,000 in Regional Food System Grants

King Conservation District to Award Grants to Support King County Agriculture King Conservation District will make available $650,000 of regional food systems grants in support of King County agriculture through a grant process that was just announced on their website (www.kingcd.org). Grants will be awarded to fund food system related projects with demonstrated public benefit… Continue Reading

Governor To Sign NFIB-Backed Health-Care Costs Bill

At a bill-signing ceremony scheduled for this morning at 10:30 a.m. in his office, Gov. Jay Inslee will put his signature on a measure that NFIB led the coordination and legislative passage of: An All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) that will eventually empower everyone in Washington state to compare quality and costs among health-care providers. “Pairing… Continue Reading

Time Features City of Bellevue’s Smart Traffic Lights in Article

In an article at Time.com, Time Magazine has featured the City of Bellevue’s Smart Traffic Lights as being a super successful investment in traffic infrastructure.  Please see How Smart Traffic Lights Could Transform Your Commute for the full article. Maybe Seattle could use Bellevue as an example to follow to help alleviate some of their extremely… Continue Reading

How Could Olympia Stoop So Low? by Michael “Buffalo” Mazzetti

Why does the Washington State Legislature (WSL) want to undermine medical cannabis? Alison Holcomb and Peter Holmes with Initiative 502 clearly stated that if passed, it would have no effect on medical cannabis laws. Reassuring voters that “I-502 won’t harm patients”. Senate Bill SB 5052 is an effort by the WSL that could doom our… Continue Reading

AWB statement on proposed Senate budget

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’ proposed 2015-17 state operating budget: “No budget is perfect, but this proposal is an encouraging step for Washington families and employers. It prioritizes education spending, both for K-12 students and college and university students, and… Continue Reading