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Survey: More than half of Seattle businesses think the city is on the wrong track
A recent survey by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce revealed that a majority of businesses believe the city is heading in the wrong direction.
Spokane may reinstate permit fees for solar energy systems, EV chargers
Spokane city officials are considering a return to permit fees for installation of solar energy systems and charging stations for electric vehicles.
Pierce County Council considers security aid grant program for small businesses
The Pierce County Council is considering a grant program designed to provide small businesses in the region’s small towns and unincorporated areas funds to make security improvements.
Plaintiffs in lawsuit over increased taxes, fees appeal to Washington State Supreme Court
(The Center Square) – The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Washington Legislature’s 2022 transportation package containing higher taxes and fees are asking the State Supreme Court to hear the case. The lawsuit initially filed in July argues that the 2022 package violates the state Constitution’s provision regarding single-subject bills and titles for those bills. Under Article 2 ...
Washington’s family, medical leave rates to drop slightly in 2024
(The Center Square) – Workers and larger employers in Washington will see slightly lower deductions in 2024 to fund the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Beginning Jan. 1, the premium rate will drop to 0.74% from this year’s rate of 0.8%, the state Emp...
Ecology looks to make Washington reserve carbon auction reforms permanent
Three quarterly carbon auctions and one APCR auction have been held so far this year, bringing in more than $1.4 billion.
WSDOT official: New projects funded ‘in lieu’ of infrastructure maintenance
The Washington State Department of Transportation officials say they need $1.1 billion more annually to fully fund maintenance and preservation demand on the existing infrastructure. However, WSDOT Deputy Director Amy Scarton says that it isn’t the lack of money, but how the state agency is directed by the Legislature to spend it.
Journalist sues Seattle over secrecy tactics regarding drug use prosecution bill
The City of Seattle is facing a lawsuit over its withholding of public information about communications with a city council member who publicly supported a high-profile measure to allow prosecution of illegal drug use before voting against it.
Inslee blasts FERC pipeline expansion ruling despite limited environmental impact
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee condemned a ruling Thursday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow expansion of a natural gas pipeline crossing the Pacific Northwest from Canada to California.
King County transit police short-staffed as Metro-related incidents increase
King County Metro Transit Police are working to protect transit riders as the number of incidents occurring has increased in the past three months over last year.