Labor leader: Caution warranted on I-1631 carbon tax

Voters must weigh initiative energy price increases with jobs, environment It’s back. Washington voters will face a second carbon tax initiative this fall. And they should think carefully about the long-term implications of the measure on jobs and the economy, according to Mark Riker, executive director of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council […]

Inslee sounds alarm bell on exports while opposing export terminal

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was rightfully sounding the alarm over the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs Thursday in a televised interview on CNBC.  For a trade exposed state like ours, the potential for additional tariffs is a reason for concern. But what was interesting was that in the same interview, Inslee also attempted to tout the state’s […]

Cowlitz County Commissioner Argues for Equal Treatment Under the Law

Cowlitz County Commissioner Argues for Equal Treatment Under the Law Last week, Cowlitz County Commissioner Dennis Weber authored a piece in The Daily News championing fair play – the idea that all are treated equally under the law. Weber’s call for this basic constitutional principle comes as Washington “abuses its environmental protection authority to attempt […]

Montana AG Rebukes Washington Regulatory Abuse

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox authored an op-ed in The New York Times last week excoriating the Inslee administration for its ongoing abuse of the regulatory process toward infrastructure projects in order “to pursue a predetermined, personal agenda.” Fox argues that Inslee’s “yearslong public campaign” against fossil fuels is “bad news not only for international […]

Local Leaders Continue to Decry Politicized Regulatory Process

State Senator Dean Takko (D-Longview) recently authored an op-ed in The Daily News  condemning the latest instance of the Washington Department of Ecology prioritizing its politics at the expense of facts. At issue is a recent decision prohibiting the state’s oyster growers from spraying a pesticide to kill burrowing shrimp that threaten the oyster stocks […]

Washington AGs Agree on Millennium

Former Washington Attorney General Ken Eikenberry recently wrote an op-ed in the Everett Herald criticizing state leadership for broadly overstepping the bounds of their authority in regards to the unconstitutional use of a “regulatory wall” to block the Millennium Bulk Terminals export project. Eikenberry is not the state’s only former top law enforcement official to […]

Washington’s Trade Economy Needs Infrastructure Development

With its robust industries and coastal geography, Washington state continues to be a national leader in trade. A recent op-ed in the Seattle Times by Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, reminds us just how powerful of an economic driver international trade is for the state. In the United […]

Support for Millennium in its Lawsuit Gains Momentum

An increasing number of states, unions, trade associations, and businesses continue to join the lawsuit against the Inslee administration over its political pushback on Millennium Bulk Terminals. The most recent action comes from a joint amicus brief filed in U.S. Federal Court by the states of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas, and Nebraska. The […]

Millennium Determined and Confident in Overcoming Regulatory Hurdles

Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview remains optimistic that its proposed export terminal in Longview will overcome the state’s regulatory pushback, according to a recent article from The Daily News. The latest initiative to advance the project comes from Lighthouse Resources, Millennium’s parent company. According to The Daily News, Lighthouse is exploring ways to use a renegotiated North […]

Politics Continue Dominate Washington Regulatory Decisions

It looks like Washington’s oyster population will become the latest victim of politics-as-usual among regulators in Olympia. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently rejected a bid by Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association (WGHOGA) to use a pesticide to control burrowing mud shrimp that invade oyster beds, making it difficult for the shellfish to grow. […]