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Washington State Makes Questionable Finding on Rail Impact of MBT

Alliance for Northwest Jobs & ExportsRecently, 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 potential cancer risk for members of a Longview neighborhood. Alliance spokeswoman Mariana Parks released the following statement regarding this allegation – which was made for the first time in this final EIS:

“By making this allegation today, DOE violates the very methodology of the expansive scope it chose to evaluate the project’s impacts, and instead chose to look in isolation at the alleged impacts of train operations for a specific commodity, ignoring the example of expansive rail operations across the state. 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

AWB statement on proposed House budget

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement Monday in response to the proposed 2015-17 state operating budget heard by members of the House Appropriations Committee. “Although this budget makes some important investments in education and social services, it is disappointing for Washington employers, particularly small-business owners, because it proposes… Continue Reading

16,000 Jobs Lost Under House Bill 1355

Washington state could lose more than $7 billion in economic output and 16,000 jobs should House Bill 1355 become law, according to testimony given today by Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s largest and leading small-business association. Connor presented the findings from a report conducted exclusively on HB… Continue Reading