• More jobs expected in Washington after Legislature passes aerospace bills

    OLYMPIA… On the final day of a hastily-called special session, members of the Washington State Legislature passed several bills designed to attract and retain large aerospace companies through economic incentives and workforce-training measures. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, says while she’s concerned about the urgency with which Gov. Jay Inslee called the special session – the third of 2013 – she’s pleased that the outcome is expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs.
    “The governor called us back to Olympia so that we could create a better business environment for companies like Boeing and others,” Bailey said. “That company – one of the largest private employers in the state – has indicated that it will site a new 777X-assembly facility and wing-development facility here in Washington once the Machinists union ratifies its new contract. Governor Inslee wanted to sweeten the pot even further by providing some additional economic incentives. He can’t do that without legislative approval; however, it’s hard to argue with the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs.”
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  • Coastal senators issue joint statement on partial veto of SB 6263

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Sens. Jim Hargrove and Brian Hatfield released the following statement today on the governor’s decision to veto two sections of Senate Bill 6263, which would have created a statute for the existence of a Coastal Advisory Council:

    I was disappointed at the governor’s decision to veto a section of Senate Bill 6263 which required the formation of the Washington State Coastal Solutions Council. The continued existence of a council made up of local government, tribal officials and marine business representatives is critical to the continued conversations between the Department of Ecology, the governor’s office and those who live and work in marine communities. Without the certainty of the statute, the advisory council can be ignored by the departments, leaving those communities without a place at the table. This is a bill created and designed to facilitate marine management planning. In order to end up with the best plan, it is important that all voices are heard and I intend on continuing to work toward that end.
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  • Montesano, other cities, looking to recoup lost levy dollars

    MONTESANO, Wash. – The Montesano city council tonight will discuss a new levy, this one already has your approval. Signed into law this summer, Substitute Senate Bill 5705 allows a taxing district the authority to recover portions of their levy that were reduced over the previous 12 months.
    Monty Cobb, Policy Director with the Washington Association of County Officials explained earlier this year “What it boiled down to be is if Monty pays his taxes, and on April second I win my appeal and my taxes get reduced. The treasurer will refund a portion of my taxes, and what a local taxing district would have got from me they can add back on to their levy and be made whole the next year.” Cobb said that due to the wording of the law, if you hadn’t paid those taxes before they were modified, the taxing districts would lose out on the difference.
    In Cosmopolis, Finance Director Kathy Welch said three separate levies are worth about $40-thousand more, thanks to a change in the value of Cosmo Specialty Fibers “It used to be that you were just ‘out’ and you couldn’t go back for those taxes.
    Welch said countywide there is about $500-thousand that could be recovered, however the decision will be up to each taxing authority.
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  • Wash. Governor Inslee accepting applications for Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council

    Governor Inslee is accepting applications for membership on the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council. The advisory council will advise the Governor’s office, state and local agencies, and the legislature, on ocean policy and management issues along Washington’s Pacific Coast.
    Interested applicants should fill out the online application form available at:
    Applications are due August 21, 2013. Governor Inslee will review applications and appoint members to the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council.
    The advisory council includes gubernatorial appointments for representatives of various stakeholder interests, including: commercial fishing, conservation, shellfish aquaculture, ports, economic development, ports, education, shipping, recreational fishing, science and citizens. Each coastal Marine Resource Committee will also select one representative to serve on the advisory council. State agencies and the Governor’s office will also have representatives serving on the advisory council.
    Applicants should be committed to participate in a collaborative, advisory process with a diverse group of stakeholders and agencies. The advisory council must meet a minimum of two times per year and plans to meet four times over the next year. Advisors do not receive any compensation for their work. Advisors will serve a four-year term and may be reappointed. More information on the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council is available at: http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards/profiles/7319475.aspx

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