Brynn Brady

24
May

Puget Sound Day on the Hill

Last week, several County representatives made a trip to Washington D.C. for Puget Sound Day on the Hill. Commissioners and Councilmembers from Pierce, Kitsap, Jefferson, Island and San Juan Counties participated in discussions and small group meetings with Washington’s congressional delegates and federal agencies. The common theme that arose in almost all of the discussions was, “We’re running out of

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4
Jun

Puget Sound Day on the Hill

On May 23 and 24, over 60 advocates descended upon Washington D.C. to demonstrate support for Puget Sound salmon and orca recovery efforts. Counties, state agencies, tribes, conservation groups, non-profits, and businesses were greeted by the co-founders of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer, and had the opportunity to directly meet and engage with

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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

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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