As lawmakers debate raising the states gas tax to pay for transportation projects, Gig Harbor Rep. Larry Seaquist is asking that the Tacoma Narrows Bridge be included in the discussion. He wants electronic tolls rolled back to $4 and frozen for now.
Washington political leaders are locked in lengthy negotiations this week as they struggle to develop an agreement to spend billions of dollars on transportation projects.
Several environmental and timber groups are forming a partnership to find ways to boost timber harvests in Olympic National Forest while also improving forest health.
OLYMPIA — House Transportation Chairwoman Judy Clibborn can tell when people think a real chance exists that the Legislature might pass a multibillion dollar transportation-tax package: New requests for projects start pouring in.
EVERETT — Four years ago, Washington lawmakers set out to make the state parks system self-sufficient — surviving on visitor fees alone.
Sharon Nelson, a first-term senator from Maury Island, is the new leader of the minority Senate Democrats.
BEIJING — The American ambassador to China said Wednesday that he will step down from his post early next year to rejoin his family in Seattle.
State lawmakers quick passage last week of what might be the biggest-ever corporate tax incentive was intended to be one-half of a two-part deal to keep Boeing Co.s 777X jet production in the Northwest.
Gov. Jay Inslee said after the Machinists District 751 union rejected Boeing's contract offer, Boeing is opening a national competition for 777X jet-making jobs. He pledged in a late-evening news conference at the state Capitol that Washington is ready to compete - not just with a skilled aerospace workforce but also a package of tax incentives the Legislature approved on Saturday and he signed into law on Monday.
The latest proposal for a statewide transportation tax package would spend more than $2 billion on highway projects in the South Sound, including widening Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord and extending state Route 167 from Puyallup to Tacoma.
Just five days after Gov. Jay inslee announced he wanted the Washington Legislature to return to Olympia for a special session, lawmakers approved the two biggest pieces the Boeing Co. says it needs to keep its 777X jet work in the state. At stake are 56,000 jobs and a next-generation carbon-fiber wing technology.
The $8.7 billion tax incentive package to weld Boeings 777X manufacturing work to Washington state for the long term was clearing its first legislative hurdles Friday.
The $8.7 billion tax incentive package meant to glue Boeing’s 777X manufacturing to Washington state has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The House Finance Committee approved House Bill 2089 on a 10-to-3 vote Friday morning, and it moves to a hearing in the afternoon before the House Appropriations panel.
This post has been updated, including Boeing Co.'s statement.
As Democrats try to retake the majority in the state Senate, they are looking for a new leader.
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