Logging The Road To Rural Economic Recovery

Logging The Road To Rural Economic Recovery

For many Washington rural communities reliant on state land timber sales, catastrophic wildfire seasons can deliver an economic one-two punch: local homes and businesses are damaged, while a significant source of employment goes up...
Encouraging Wildfire Resilience On Small Private Forestland

Encouraging Wildfire Resilience On Small Private Forestland

As lawmakers look at ways to improve public forest health, they also want to reduce regulations that can impede similar efforts on small private forestland. HB 1924 would amend existing state law to make...

Improving Recruitment and Outreach Efforts in High-Demand Industries

Washington currently has a variety of job training programs to align residents to fill industry needs, but several business advocates say the state falls short on one piece of that formula: recruitment and outreach. Construction...
The Search For Compromise On K-12 Funding

The Search For Compromise On K-12 Funding

At a February 9 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, lawmakers exchanged conflicting views on how to best fund K-12 education prior to an 18-15 vote passing House Democrat HB 1843. Similar remarks on...
Inviting Business To Higher Education Infrastructure Deliberations

Inviting Business To Higher Education Infrastructure Deliberations

Washington's workforce pipeline problem might finally get a boost. SB 5684 would increase business involvement in determining which public higher education projects deserve capital budget funding. Proponents from higher ed institutions and the construction...
Consensus Building On Forest Health Restoration

Consensus Building On Forest Health Restoration

As Washington prepares for the upcoming wildfire season, one of the challenges it faces is the roughly three million acres of forest land in need of restoration due to over density, disease, or insects....
Central Washington University Plans To Address Pilot Shortage

Central Washington University Plans To Address Pilot Shortage

Central Washington University (CWU) is looking to expand its aviation program to meet increasing demand for pilots in the state. The university is asking $9.9 million in capital budget funds to add five classrooms and its...
Public-Private Partnership Eyed For Regional High Speed Rail

Public-Private Partnership Eyed For Regional High Speed Rail

Governor Jay Inslee in his 2017-19 biennial budget has proposed $1 million to fund a feasibility study on an ultra-high speed rail line between Portland and Vancouver, B.C, which business leaders say could strengthen...
Shining Light on Secret Public Sector Labor Negotiations

Shining Light on Secret Public Sector Labor Negotiations

Two state Republican Senate bills aim to reform contract negotiations currently held in secret between public officials and public sector unions. SB 5545 would make state and local collective bargaining negotiations subject to the...
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