Lawmakers Lift Restrictions On School Siting

Lawmakers Lift Restrictions On School Siting

The Washington State Legislature this week approved legislation allowing school districts to build new facilities outside of their county’s “urban growth area” (UGA) under the state Growth Management Act (GMA). The state House passed...

Promoting Rural Business Investments

Washington State lawmaker testimony proved lively last week on a bill that would establish a tax credit program to incentivize investment in rural businesses. SB 5208 would establish a process for the purpose of creating a...
Potential Inslee Veto Looms Over Green Energy Bill

Potential Inslee Veto Looms Over Green Energy Bill

Washington industry leaders are calling on Governor Jay Inslee to sign a bipartisan bill overwhelmingly approved by the state House and Senate, which they say will benefit forest-based industry as well as utility companies...
Leveling The Playing Field For Manufacturing Businesses

Leveling The Playing Field For Manufacturing Businesses

A new Senate bill would encourage competitiveness and promote job creation for smaller and medium-sized manufacturing businesses by reducing their general business and occupation (B&O) tax rate. That is according to industry stakeholders testifying on SB 5888 during its...
The Fight For Sound Transit Tax Relief

The Fight For Sound Transit Tax Relief

House Democrats have introduced new legislation attempting to address the growing public outcry over new Sound Transit 3 taxes. HB 2148 would allow the regional transit agency to create a tax rebate program for...
Bringing Prosperity To All Of Washington

Bringing Prosperity To All Of Washington

The Washington State House on Wednesday, April 12 overwhelming approved a bill allowing counties suffering from economic hardship to sidestep some of the state Growth Management Act’s (GMA) restrictions on rural industrial and commercial development. ESSB 5790 had...
Lens LegiTrack Update: April 21, 2017

Lens LegiTrack: April 17, 2017

The following article was compiled by the Lens staff. Each week, the Lens staff puts together a compilation of bills important to the business community and their movement through the legislature. Small Business Regulation HB 1120 (Smith)...
Connecting Job-Creating Rail Lines

Connecting Job Creators To Shortline Railroads

The Washington state Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that loosens the state Growth Management Act’s (GMA) rural land development restrictions, allowing local governments to site businesses where they have freight mobility access via...
Developing A Small Business Bill Of Rights

Developing A Small Business Bill Of Rights

A bill seeking to equip small business owners with their own bill of rights during state agency inspections has passed both chambers of the Washington State Legislature. During Senate floor executive session this week, lawmakers across...
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