Energy & Natural Resources
Legislation long sought by overcrowded school districts to grant flexibility for building new schools cleared its final legislative hurdle this week. The state House Tuesday approved changes made by the Senate last week to House Bill (or as it's now known as, Engrossed Substitute House Bill) 1017, which allows school districts - in some circumstances - to build schools outside of the state Growth Management Act's (GMA) mandated "urban growth areas."
This year's contender for the Little Legislation That Could, House Bill 1017, appears to finally be on its way to passage in the state Legislature.
Specialty crops are an important part of Washington’s agricultural economy.
Last week the Washington Invasive Species Council released an economic impact study of invasive species in Washington. The study provides “a snapshot of total economic impact within a single year if no prevention or management activities occurred.”
The three worst offenders are apple maggots, rush skeletonweed, and scotch broom.
For several years, oil terminal projects have been in the works at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam—Westway and Imperium. The Imperium project was canceled by the company in 2016, and Westway is now called Contanda.
New Economic Profile: The Economic Contribution of Washington state's Petroleum Refining Industry in 2015
Today we're publishing a new Economic Profile of Washington's petroleum refining industry, "The Economic Contribution of Washington state's Petroleum Refining Industry in 2015."
Today's topic is the expanded state environmental regulations that, due to their arbitrary and excessive nature, threaten to send good-paying jobs - many of them union jobs - out of Washington state.
I wanted to point out a couple of interesting stories I’ve read this week on the agriculture and timber industries.
First, Dick Davis writes in the Fall 2016 edition of Washington Business Magazine (see page 30) about new advances in agricultural technology. He discusses genetics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, field architecture, and robots.
An item in the Stand today provides some good perspective on the permitting process for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview. Mike Bridges of IBEW Local 48 writes,
For Cowlitz County, this represents a significant private investment that would have an enormous economic impact on thousands of tradespeople and their families. . . .
It would also mean fewer people on the road, working closer to home.