Blog

27
Mar

Will MTCA still take care of local programs?

The Model Toxics Control Accounts (MTCA) remain in desperate financial situation with the capital side of the ledger starting this session $75 million in the negative. That compares to a normal capital budget that projects $185-$290 million dollars available to fund a number of important projects and programs. This is a continuation of the problems from last year that led

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27
Mar

Columbia River Treaty Update

Washington, D.C. – Representatives of the U.S. State Department have met informally with their Canadian counterparts to discuss issues around entering into formal negotiations on revisions to the Columbia River Treaty. The Canadians indicated that there were a number of items and other international issues hindering the start of formal negotiations on the Columbia River Treaty including Immigration Policy, potential

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27
Mar

Will the legislature tax e-cigarettes?

This week the House Finance Committee will consider move one of two bills that would tax vapor products often referred to as e-cigarettes.  Public health advocates support this tax because the excise tax helps to address youth access by making the products less affordable for youth.  The bill sponsors also see a need for revenue to offset another policy bill

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24
Mar

AG Opinions Important to Counties

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has issued two formal Attorney General Opinions (AGO) related to the operations of County Government that are very important to Washington’s Counties. On March 13, 2017, in response to a request from Jay Weber, Executive Director for the County Road Administration Board, Attorney General Ferguson provided guidance related to participation in the Rural Arterial Program if

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