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Energy & Environment

Wildfire season takes “fast and furious” turn

Wildfire season takes “fast and furious” turn

Washington state’s wildfire season dramatically intensified this past weekend with more than 20 times the number of acres burned in the past week than...
PSE signs agreement for new Oregon wind farm

PSE signs agreement for new Oregon wind farm

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has signed a new agreement with Portland-based Avangrid Renewables to build a 28,000 acre wind farm in north central Oregon...

Education

students

Let’s do more for at-risk students before they fall behind

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a great deal of new obstacles for many of us. Unfortunately, schools and students have not been spared. Over...
What has new basic education spending achieved?

What has new basic education spending achieved?

Although the latest update from the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) shows a 20 percent jump in revenue compared to the June...

Growth

Reassessing transit for Interstate Bridge replacement

Reassessing transit for Interstate Bridge replacement

Disagreement among Washington and Oregon stakeholders regarding the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) in 2013 put a long pause on – then the Washington state...
Housing as “critical infrastructure”

Housing as “critical infrastructure”

The state Growth Management Act (GMA) remains a primary focus for stakeholders who are trying to address Washington state’s housing shortage and lack of...

Healthcare

“Uphill” battle remains for single-payer healthcare work

“Uphill” battle remains for single-payer healthcare work

For more than a year a state work group has explored the idea of a universal healthcare system in Washington state with forthcoming recommendations...
medicine bottles

The free market is the way forward—on biopharmaceuticals and most everything else

What is America’s greatest strength in fighting COVID-19? Our biopharmaceutical industry, including the many important companies located here in Washington State. Since the virus arrived...
Analyst says healthcare system “at crossroads”

Analyst says healthcare system “at crossroads”

Within the debate over healthcare reform in the U.S. are conflicting philosophies regarding how the system should operate and who ultimately should make health...

Business

I-976 struck down as panel mulls new transportation taxes

I-976 struck down as panel mulls new transportation taxes

The release of the Washington State Supreme Court decision striking down Initiative 976 that was approved by voters last November seems appropriately timed –...
Unemployment tax hike will harm already struggling businesses

Unemployment tax hike will harm already struggling businesses

After a year of historic layoffs and unemployment claims that threatened to bankrupt the state Unemployment Trust Fund, businesses that managed to survive could...
Work group may favor “gradual” approach to single-payer health care

Work group may favor “gradual” approach to single-payer health care

The state Universal Health Care Work Group is working on a new report update for the state legislature outlining end goals to pursue, ultimately...