Archive of: Government

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EPA takes enforcement actions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed 35 enforcement actions from Jan. 1 through March 31 to ensure individuals, businesses and governments are complying with environmental regulations.

May 2012

Governor signs bill to extend tax exemptions

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that will extend the sales and use tax exemption for data centers and the business and occupation tax exemptions for the commercial processing of fruits, including wine grapes, vegetables, dairy and seafood.

May 2012

Surplus properties go on the auction block

The Washington State Department of Transportation is selling 12 parcels of land no longer needed for highway purposes in a sealed-bid auction May 30. Nine other parcels previously offered at auction also are available for sale on a first-come basis for the minimum bid price.

May 2012

State submits Medicare/Medicaid integration 
proposal to CMMS

Washington has submitted its final design plan to integrate care for individuals who are eligible to receive services from both Medicare and Medicaid. The plan was delivered to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on April 26.

May 2012

Kreidler denies Premera's request to gut drug benefits

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has denied requests from Premera Blue Cross to strip some of its health plans of prescription drug coverage.

May 2012

New process for wounded warriors applying for disability benefits

The Social Security Administration and the Department of Defense are working to improve access to disability benefits for the nation's wounded warriors, service members, veterans and their dependents. 

May 2012

Volunteer needed for Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Pierce County is seeking a volunteer to serve a four-year term on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, which meets several times a year to make a recommendation to the county executive and County Council regarding the allocation of taxes collected by the excise tax on lodging.

April 2012

'Lock down' drills will impact Thurston County facilities next week

Some offices of Thurston County government will be briefly closed at times the first four days of May for emergency preparedness drills. County employees at the main courthouse campus on Lakeridge Drive in Olympia will be asked to briefly “lock down” the buildings on May 1, 2, 3 and 4. The first three drills will be held in the morning hours, the fourth drill could come any time on Friday.

April 2012

Funding for UWT and WSU labs to fuel economic development

The state will fund science labs designed to drive economic development in the South Sound by supporting the new Urban Clean Water Innovation Partnership Zone.

April 2012
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