Governor Inslee signed three bills on Friday sponsored by Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) that will increase access to health care, strengthen our maritime industry, and move Washington closer to a clean energy future. HB 2351, which received unanimous approval in the House and Senate, will allow healthcare professionals licensed in other states to come to Washington and volunteer their services for a temporary time. “This idea came from people at Seattle Center who had a vision of making health care … Continue reading
Creating jobs isn’t just about traditional work-with-your-hands employment on highway projects, school construction or in Puget Sound boatyards – although House Democrats are good at that. It’s also about improving the 21st-century business environment to help entrepreneurs launch successful start-ups that can hire all kinds of workers, wearing collars of various colors. That’s the goal of House Bill 2023 , by Rep. Cyrus Habib of Kirkland, which has cleared the Legislature and awaits the governor’s signature to become law. The … Continue reading
The state’s economy will be poised to catch the surging waves of growth in the natural gas and telecommunications industries under two job-creation proposals by Rep. Jeff Morris that won unanimous approval today in the state House. “We’re on the verge of a Second Industrial Revolution here in North America, fueled by the abundance and low cost of our natural gas resources,” said Morris, chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. “We need to make sure that we … Continue reading
State Rep. Tana Senn, recently appointed unanimously by the King County Council to fulfill an open legislative seat, hit the ground running here in Olympia this week with today’s approval of the Boeing bills. When asked about the impact the aerospace package would have on businesses and families in her 41st Legislative District and other parts of the region, Senn replied, “With more than 230 companies in the South King County area involved in the aerospace economy, this package translates … Continue reading
The Joint Transportation Committee met Wednesday at Sound Transit’s Union Station to hear testimony on the status of Washington’s ports and transportation systems, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing both entities. “We heard today from industry leaders of all stripes about the importance of being able to move their goods quickly and efficiently, both across the state and to markets overseas,” said House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island). “Washington’s short- and long-term economic competitiveness rests on our … Continue reading
The state’s new capital budget will build things like elementary schools, parks and college science labs – while creating 33,000 private jobs in the struggling construction sector. “Our population is growing because Washington is a great place to live,” said Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish), Capital Budget chair. “That means more kids need schools, more families need parks and more college kids need lecture halls and dorms. Building those things creates jobs today and jobs tomorrow.” Earlier in the session, the … Continue reading
It’s official: Ballard’s brewers are our new manufacturer entrepreneurs. Just visit these modern manufacturing wonders. I took a tour of Hilliard’s last February to learn about the industry taking off in the Ballard-Interbay Manufacturing Industrial Center (BINMIC). This is serious business for our local economy. The brewers are using Washington-grown products and creating local jobs. If anyone wonders whether we still know how to manufacture home-grown products, Ballard’s brewing industry is 100 percent proof. I’m proud to represent them in … Continue reading
Small businesses will now get help equipping employees with the skills they need to do their jobs better, thanks to a bill by Rep. Drew Hansen of Bainbridge Island that was signed into law by Gov. Inslee today. Hansen’s House Bill 1247 makes it easier for small businesses to work with community colleges to help employees upgrade their skills. The bill expands small-business access to the state Job Skills Program, where employers partner with community colleges to train employees, and … Continue reading
Top 10 Reasons the Senate Budget is bad for Kids, Middle Class Families and Our Future 15 NEW tax loopholes; zero eliminated – The Senate plans to add 15 new tax breaks while not eliminating even one existing corporate giveaway.
“Library Square” project in Vancouver can move forward with Wylie’s bill. The House of Representatives approved a measure (HB 1306) today to extend the expiration date of the Local Infrastructure Financing Tool Program (LIFT) from June 30, 2039 to June 30, 2044. “This bill is necessary for the completion of LIFT projects around the state,” said State Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-Vancouver), the bill’s prime sponsor. “Library Square, an incredible asset to downtown Vancouver, is one of those projects. To carry … Continue reading
Friends and neighbors, Today begins the fourth week in Olympia as your legislator from the 36th District! First there was the swearing-in ceremony on January 14th. Then we went right to work in our committees. I’m serving on Higher Education, Rules, Transportation, and Technology and Economic Development. Last week I took my first votes to move bills out of committees. The schedule is demanding… and it needs to be. We’re trying to fulfill our constitutional duty to amply provide for … Continue reading
First-term legislator Cyrus Habib, who was sworn in Monday with other House members, will help direct state efforts to boost prosperity in the 21st century as vice chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. “We must encourage and incentivize economic development in the 48th District and throughout the state,” Habib said. “We need to develop a talented and skilled workforce, top-flight infrastructure and a supportive business environment. I will draw on my experience with high-tech businesses to make … Continue reading
Rep. Cindy Ryu returns to the House of Representative to serve her second term, but this time with more responsibilities on her plate. Earlier this week, Ryu’s peers elected her as vice chair of the Business and Financial Services Committee, which considers licensing and regulation of businesses and professions, issues relating to insurance, banks and credit unions, as well as consumer protection issues relating to motor vehicles, financial services, and insurance. “I am excited to assist Chair Kirby in considering … Continue reading
Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo), vice chair of the House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee during the 2011-12 legislative session, has been tapped to retain that position in its successor committee, Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs. Democrats, who hold a sizeable majority in the state House, restructured several policy committees in preparation for the coming session, narrowing the focus of some and expanding the duties of others. In this case, the state-government portfolio of the former committee has been … Continue reading
Rep. Jeff Morris of Mount Vernon will play a key role in efforts to boost prosperity in Washington in the 21st century as chair of the newly formed House Technology and Economic Development Committee. Morris is a longtime leader in the field of “green”technology and entrepreneurship. He recently was named by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to an intergovernmental advisory committee. The Technology and Economic Development Committee will consider issues relating to technology and electronic communications, small-business assistance, business financing, international trade and … Continue reading
It’s a jungle in here. Yes, it’s a terribly competitive economic jungle here in the Pacific Northwest. What with Washington being one of the most trade-dependent states in the nation, that is, and with the Port of Vancouver day after day wrangling against other West Coast waterfronts for business dollars like nobody’s business. State Rep. Jim Moeller wants to hook up more of the Evergreen State’s firms and companies with potential Chinese consumers — who, after all, represent the world’s … Continue reading
In this edition of the Washington White Board, Larry discusses the important connection between higher education and unemployment. Investing in education is critical to getting our economy moving forward.
Speaker Chopp addresses the House Floor on issues such as job creation, education funding, and marriage equality on the opening day of the 2012 segislative session.
OLYMPIA – As the economy begins to rebound from the worldwide recession, Washington state remains well-positioned to help lead the nation’s recovery. In fact, Washington’s tax system is particularly favorable to small business and entrepreneurs, according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council, a nonprofit small business advocacy organization. The SBE Council recently ranked Washington as having the fifth-best tax system in the nation on its “Business Tax Index 2010.” State representatives Kevin Van De Wege and Steve Tharinger … Continue reading
OLYMPIA — Legislation to eliminate unnecessary training for military veterans who seek civilian employment passed the Senate today on a 46-0 vote. Sponsored in the House by Rep. Christine Rolfes and in the Senate by Sen. Derek Kilmer, the legislation would evaluate the skills veterans already possess and apply it to educational and licensing requirements in a wide variety of professional fields. “Redundant training is a waste of resources,” said Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island. “The Legislature really stepped up to the … Continue reading
Kagi drops legislation in light of agreement OLYMPIA — Officials from Snohomish County and the City of Shoreline reached an agreement this week on addressing the impact of development at Point Wells on local infrastructure. Sen. Craig Pridemore, chair of the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee, called together representatives of the two jurisdictions after passing House Bill 1265 out of committee. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Ruth Kagi and Cindy Ryu, would require the City of Shoreline … Continue reading
Statement from Rep. Kevin Van De Wege on selection of the North Olympic Peninsula IPZ for state grantJanuary 26, 2011 - waldrefj
“Yesterday, the state’s Department of Commerce announced five grants it is awarding to Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) across the Washington. I was very happy to hear that one of the five grant recipients is the North Olympic Peninsula IPZ, which was formed to develop and promote renewable energy technologies. “IPZs bring together public, private, and nonprofit entities to further research and job creation in fields that show exciting promise for economic development. Four years ago, I sponsored legislation that created … Continue reading