18
Feb

Vehicle Weight Loads Under Consideration

As we move into the 6th week of the 2019 legislative session an important date is barreling towards us – the first major policy cutoff. On Friday, February 22, all bills need to be out of their policy committee of origin. If they do not make it past that deadline, they are considered dead. Many of the bills I track have fiscal

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11
Feb

WSACE Professional Development

Professional Development Conference The County Engineers Association spent a productive and educational few days in Cle Elum last week for their annual Professional Development Conference. Record attendance and a record number of first-time attendees gathered at the Suncadia resort to hear from leadership coach Kevin Eikenberry. Mr. Eikenberry talked extensively on what leadership is and isn’t, and covered topics such
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1
Feb

Bills, bills, bills

As we enter week four of the 2019 legislative session, we are officially halfway to our first major cut-off deadline. Bill introductions continue furiously, with over 1700 bills being introduced to-date. We expect several hundred (dare I say thousand) more before our first major bill cutoff, February 22. After February 22 all bills need to be out of their policy

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28
Jan

Transportation Revenue Proposal

The transportation world is abuzz with the potential for a new transportation revenue package. Senator Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) unveiled his proposal which includes: $15 flat rate carbon fee; $ 0.6 cent gas tax increase; Statewide transportation impact fee ($2.50/square foot for commercial buildings; $1/square foot for residential and manufacturing); Passenger vehicle weight fees; Sales tax increase on auto part

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