Foresters cry “end run” around harvest plan

Foresters cry “end run” around harvest plan

The Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) for more than four years has been working with the state on its alternative harvest proposal for small...
The push to expand broadband

The push to expand broadband

According to Broadband Now, 94 percent of Washington residents have access to broadband, placing the state 14th in the nation for coverage. State lawmakers...

Boeing buys majority stake of Embraer

Boeing announced that it is purchasing a majority stake of aerospace conglomorate Embraer for $4.2 billion. Boeing will own 80 percent of the company's...
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Lawmaker: DNR proposal “Spotted Owl 2.0”

A proposal by the state Department of Natural Resources could “lay off” thousands of acres of working forests in western Washington as part of...

Amazon tests cashierless checkout in larger stores

Amazon is reportedly testing its "Just Walk Out" technology present in its Amazon Go stores in a larger facility in Seattle. Amazon did not...
Paving the way for driverless vehicles with 5G

Paving the way for driverless vehicles with 5G

As ongoing development of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology continues, state legislators and industry members are working on strategies to effectively integrate those vehicles with...
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Tariffs prove costly for construction sector, consumers

Trade negotiations between the U.S. and countries including China, Canada and Mexico continue, leaving many sectors, including construction, to absorb the increased costs to...
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Washington’s stake in trade negotiations

Another day, another…tariff? That seems to be the reality for the U.S. and its trade partners as trade wars continue to escalate, leaving American...
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Paving the way to postsecondary success

“The credential is essential in Washington state.” That is what a recently published Washington Roundtable report states in its analysis of what the state needs...
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Lens Video: Connecting farm products to local communities

Lens met with Liesl McWhorter, Farm & Market Manager for 21 Acres, to discuss how the farmers market and educational outreach programs are helping...

Northwest Seaport Alliance weighs in on Chinese tariffs

During an Apr. 12 U.S. House Ways and Means Committee public hearing, Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe urged Congress to negotiate fair trade...

New college savings program launches

The Washington College Savings Program (WCSP) took effect this month, giving Washington state residents a second option outside of the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program....

Trump proposes $100 billion in tariffs against China

President Donald Trump announced that he has asked the United States Trade Representation to consider adding $100 billion of tariffs on Chinese products. This...

Rural jobs program bill advances

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has sent to the Rules Committee HB 2177, which would create the rural county high employer demand jobs program....
Lens LegiTrack Update: May 1, 2017

Lens LegiTrack Update: January 12, 2018

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...
Washington high court adds doubt to Seattle income tax appeal

Washington high court adds doubt to Seattle income tax appeal

A Washington State Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday may have just added yet another hurdle for any possible appeal by the city of Seattle...
Department, Businesses Prepare For Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Requirements

Department, Businesses Prepare For Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Requirements

As Washington prepares to implement a mandatory paid sick leave law for businesses, the department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is gauging small business concerns and considering cost mitigation...
Regular Session Concludes On Symbolic Tax Bill Votes

Regular Session Concludes On Symbolic Tax Bill Votes

The regular legislative session ended for all intents and purposes last week in Olympia with a symbolic vote on two Senate bills seeking to...
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....
Lens LegiTrack Update: May 1, 2017

Lens LegiTrack Update: April 3, 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,...
Changes Afoot For A District With Lineage

Changes Afoot For A District With Lineage

Washington's 48th Legislative District swung wholly Democratic from the early to mid-2000s, and hasn't swung back. Along the way, it has sent several state...

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