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Energy & Environment

Capital gains tax, LCFS within reach next session

Capital gains tax, LCFS within reach next session

Democrat lawmakers and Governor Jay Inslee for years have sought to enact a variety of tax and regulatory proposals that have failed due to...
mountains

Pragmatic environmentalism needed in WA-08

It’s no secret that Washington is one of the most beautiful states in the union. With three iconic national parks and countless other natural...

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

Washington’s mixed economy recovery

Washington’s mixed economy recovery

Washington’s economy continues to recover from historically high unemployment and revenue decreases earlier this year, though that recovery is inconsistent across industry sectors. The...
Aerospace stakeholders contemplate path to recovery

Aerospace stakeholders contemplate path to recovery

Washington state’s aerospace industry has certainly seen better years than 2020. In addition to the economic shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic all...

Healthcare

COVID-19 and the role of telehealth

COVID-19 and the role of telehealth

The state legislature since 2015 has explored the concept of telemedicine – i part to improve healthcare access for rural communities. With the onset...
“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...

Business

“Chilling effect”: Eviction moratorium strains small landlords

“Chilling effect”: Eviction moratorium strains small landlords

As Governor Jay Inslee contemplates possible changes to his eviction moratorium amid a legal challenge to it, some property rights advocates warn that the...
Fish habitat buffer rule unlikely for 2021

Fish habitat buffer rule unlikely for 2021

For almost 20 years the state has used an interim rule created after the 1999 Forests and Fish Law to establish fish habitat buffers...
Organizations see opportunity with virtual conferences

Organizations see opportunity with virtual conferences

Although the concept of online meetings and conferences isn’t new, the COVID-19 restrictions imposed in Washington since late March have forced state organizations and...