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Port slowdown explored by Legislature

Two state Senate committees this morning heard details on the almost three-month long slow-down of shipping through Puget Sound (and other West Coast) ports triggered by a stalled labor contract negotiation. No apparent solution surfaced.

January 2015

Ecology releases ‘fish consumption’ rule

As legislators assembled in Olympia for today's opening of the new session, Department of Ecology released the long-awaited proposed rules governing inland water quality.

January 2015

Flood damage may reduce tax liabilities

Property that was damaged in recent flooding may be eligible for valuation assessment reductions, according to Lewis County Assessor Dianne Dorey. Other counties' assessors have yet to respond to related questions in their areas.

January 2015

Outdoor recreation has $21.6B state impact

Washington residents love their outdoors -- to the tune of 56 days a year on average, and almost $22 billion in annual expenditures. Those conclusions come from a new report prepared for the state by a Tacoma economic analysis firm.

January 2015

Seahawks stars promote Healthplanfinder

Two stars from the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks have produced a public service announcement to promote participation in the state's HealthPlanFinder exchange. According to the announcement today, it was volunteer work for them.

January 2015

Medical marijuana fans light up City Council

Tacoma's city council heard loud and clear from customers and advocates for the estimated 60 medical marijuana dispensaries operating within the city during a public hearing last evening. The mayor said it's up to the state legislature to resolve current problems.

January 2015

Happy with tax collectors, if not taxes

Many business operators and citizens grumble about paying their taxes, but at least with the State Department of Revenue, those collecting are met with smiles, according to a new satisfaction survey of taxpayers.

January 2015

New personal wellness site for state staff

A new personal wellness website will go live tomorrow for state employees who are part of the Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBB) statewide. It's intended to be a fun, social way for them to improve their health and well=being.

December 2014

Budget for 2015 vehicle fee in Thurston?

One step closer to a possible $20 per vehicle tax for unincorporated Thurston County to maintain roads, bridges, etc.

December 2014

New UTC commissioner for new year

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission gained a new member today, as Jeffrey Goltz retired after six years and Ann Rendahl was named by the governor to replace him.

December 2014
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