The Washington State legislature opened it 105-day session Monday in Olympia with traditional ceremonies.
State lawmakers need to address the Supreme Court’s demand to properly fund education. They will also need to decide how to pay for other state needs, such as transportation, mental health infrastructure, and possible pay raises for state workers.
Governor Inslee is proposing tax increases on carbon, capital gains, cigarettes, and bottled water.
24th district Democrat Steve Tharinger – who represents the West End, says the federal givernmnet could make their job earier by passing the Main Street Fairness act, a bill allowing states to collect sales tax from internet sales. He says that could generate $450 million annually in Washington State.
Tharinger is also pushing a plan to allow the The state Department of Natural Resources’ to harvest more trees
He says Cuting more trees, as well as planting even more, will create more jobs, and absorb more carbon.
Local State senator Jim Hargrove agrees. “Forestry can be key to managing carbon if aggressively managed,” he said.
Forks, WA – Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) says the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife sees no negative environmental impact from the navy’s proposed electromagnetic warfare range project planned for the West End. In an interview with Forks 1490′s John lamb, Kilmer said that department has no plans to object to the Navy’s proposal.
The Navy’s electronic Warfare range project proposed for the West End is getting National attention.
National security analyst and West End resident Craig Hulet was a guest with George Noury on Coast to Coast heard on Forks 1490 and on hundreds of radio stations across the country.
Here’s part of that interview:
Thursday is the first day of the new gun law in Washington State that requires a background check for all sales – including private sales. Police Administrator Rick Bart talks about that and more with Forks 1490′s Ken Lambert:
Working-age people with disabilities have an unemployment rate of 26.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to Washington’s state unemployment rate of 5.7 percent. A Seattle attorney who specializes in employment law says one reason is that companies have been slow to adapt to changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Chris Thomas reports: