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- 01/16/18--14:35: _Electronic monitori...
- 01/22/18--09:36: _Tourism bill draws ...
- 01/22/18--16:48: _Recalibrating local...
- 01/23/18--14:30: _Hirst fix update: W...
- 01/30/18--09:26: _Tax credit proposed...
- 01/30/18--13:43: _Employers support g...
- 01/31/18--13:58: _Stakeholders say to...
- 02/01/18--13:31: _Net neutrality bill...
- 02/13/18--15:18: _Prevailing wage bil...
- 02/14/18--09:04: _Senate approves rur...
- 02/16/18--09:32: _Bill would promote ...
- 02/21/18--09:34: _Is your county “rur...
- 02/26/18--14:32: _A “report card” for...
- 02/27/18--14:26: _Revitalizing statew...
- 02/28/18--16:37: _Legislator: Fear, s...
- 03/02/18--14:13: _The dark side of ca...
- 03/06/18--10:47: _Lawmakers: Future o...
- 03/07/18--12:15: _Modernizing the sta...
- 03/07/18--15:40: _Lens Video: Revital...
- 03/15/18--09:32: _Longview: Tenant wo...
- 01/16/18--14:35: Electronic monitoring levels economic playing field
- 01/22/18--09:36: Tourism bill draws strong support
- 01/22/18--16:48: Recalibrating local growth management plans
- 01/23/18--14:30: Hirst fix update: Water bill becomes law
- 01/30/18--09:26: Tax credit proposed to aid rural broadband
- 01/30/18--13:43: Employers support grocery, restaurant training bill
- 01/31/18--13:58: Stakeholders say tourism bill needs another lead authority
- 02/01/18--13:31: Net neutrality bills advance
- 02/13/18--15:18: Prevailing wage bill clears the Senate
- 02/14/18--09:04: Senate approves rural broadband pilot program
- 02/16/18--09:32: Bill would promote broadband access
- 02/21/18--09:34: Is your county “rural” enough?
- 02/26/18--14:32: A “report card” for tax cuts
- 02/27/18--14:26: Revitalizing statewide tourism efforts
- 02/28/18--16:37: Legislator: Fear, speculation driving net neutrality action
- 03/02/18--14:13: The dark side of carbon tax’s demise
- 03/06/18--10:47: Lawmakers: Future of work proposal “redundant”
- 03/07/18--12:15: Modernizing the state’s fishing fleet
- 03/07/18--15:40: Lens Video: Revitalizing Washington’s tourism program
- 03/15/18--09:32: Longview: Tenant would feed city’s tech appetite
A recent Congressional mandate has instituted the use of electronic devices to ensure truckers throughout the country comply with rules that regulate the hours drivers may operate their vehicles. Proponents say the technology helps level the economic playing field by making it harder to skirt the rules to gain an unfair advantage. There are 16,000 […]
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Washington is the only state in the country without a dedicated statewide tourism agency – and this has been the case since 2011. To address the issue, state lawmakers have put forth a bill which would set up the structure and funding for a replacement. Proponents of the measure say it will bring a substantial […]
Washington has a growth problem, but the problem differs depending on where you live. In the Puget Sound region, an exploding population has led to increased traffic congestion, rising real estate prices and new employment centers. That is an experience not shared by most Washington counties, however, many of which are more rural and have […]
After 18 months of stakeholder meetings and debate, the Washington State Legislature passed and Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill to address the negative effects stemming from the 2016 Washington Supreme Court decision in Whatcom County v. Eric Hirst. “While far from perfect, this bill helps protect water resources while providing water for families in […]
One Washington telecom provider wants all state residents to have high-speed internet access by 2028. It’s a goal driven primarily by uneven broadband access, which creates a divide between rural and urban Washingtonians – a problem that state lawmakers, industry members and local governments have sought to change in recent legislative session. A new bill […]
Business representatives are touting HB 2830 as way to increase training opportunities within restaurants and grocery stores across the state, saying the measure allows employers to further their efforts to train young people to fill jobs in those sectors and other industries. HB 2830 would expand employment opportunity training programs for restaurants and grocery stores. […]
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Tourism agency representatives are finding fault with the lead agency listed in a House bill that would establish a statewide agency for managing tourism efforts. Although the measure would create a dedicated statewide tourism agency, stakeholders argue that the lead agency proposed by the bill is not a good fit. HB 2924 would reestablish the […]
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As House lawmakers consider two similar net neutrality bills, another proposal has been introduced in the Senate that would apply the two-year federal policy to Washington state. SB 6423 would reinstate net neutrality restrictions on internet service providers (ISP) in an effort to prevent censorship and charge different rates, also known as “throttling.” The bill […]
The Washington state Senate has approved a bill which would specify how prevailing wages must be set. Although the majority of lawmakers are supportive of SB 5493, one voiced concern that the legislation would not improve the process for rural counties. Under state law, hourly wages for workers constructing or maintaining public buildings may not […]
Senate lawmakers overwhelming approved legislation on Monday that supporters hope will create further momentum for full high-speed internet deployment in Washington state. ESSB 6034 creates a pilot program between the Kitsap Public Utility District (PUD) and private telecommunication companies to extend broadband access to the county’s rural communities. “This bill has been years in the […]
In the ongoing push to extend broadband across Washington, all of the state’s 75 port districts will be able to build and operate high-speed internet infrastructure if the Senate approves a bill unanimously approved by House lawmakers February 14. HB 2664 will extend to urban districts a state policy adopted nearly two decades ago for […]
State lawmakers behind a bipartisan proposal to reduce the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for manufacturers say they want to help rural Washington catch up with the rest of the state and boost the state’s struggling manufacturing sector. But some legislators say the legislation’s definition doesn’t match what one would normally consider “rural.” The […]
A frequent debate among legislators is whether excluding an industry or business from a state tax is an incentive that brings more jobs and growth to Washington, or merely a tax break that benefits an employer at the expense of state revenue. A proposed Senate bill that has garnered overwhelming support to date may help […]
Two state lawmakers from central Washington are expressing the need for statewide tourism marketing, as they say Washington is overshadowed by other states’ efforts. On the horizon are two companion bills which re-create a statewide authority to help bring in more tourists and pump additional revenue into small businesses and local economies. In 2011, the […]
After a brief but spirited debate, the Washington state Senate approved the first state-level net neutrality legislation in the nation. SHB 2282 imposes several regulations on internet service providers (ISP’s) previously found in the Federal Communication Commission’s 2015 order, which was repealed late last year under the Trump administration. Though passed with a solid majority […]
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After the election of Sen. Manka Dhingra in the 45th legislative district gave Democrats control of both legislative chambers and the governorship, some wondered if 2018 was also the year for a carbon tax. Those hopes have proved premature; even though the bill managed to clear two critical committees, its backers recently announced they had […]
State lawmakers disagreed over the need for a bill which would predict changes in Washington industries and work by creating the future of work task force. Representatives in favor of the measure argued it will help the state prepare decades in advance by analyzing and tweaking job training efforts made by employers and the educational […]
Lawmakers and stakeholders are praising a proposal which would help encourage competitiveness of the state’s fishing and seafood processing sectors by establishing a preferential tax rate for vessel manufacturers. Proponents say HB 1154 would supply needed jobs for the local community and help Washington renovate its fleet. One stakeholder has also suggested expanding the rate […]
Lens sat down with State Rep. Cary Condotta (R-12) to discuss the future of tourism in Washington state. Lawmakers are pushing to reopen a statewide tourism agency, as they say the move would benefit small businesses and rural areas of the state.
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A company with a focus on powering supercomputers has set its sights on Longview, Washington as its potential location for operations. Both the company and the Longview City Council agree the move would pump additional economic activity into the local community and pave the way for future industrial investment. Last month, the city council gave […]