OLYMPIA — Now that we’re into the second week of the legislative session, lawmakers are digging into various issues. GOP members of the House and Senate held forth on a bunch of issues Tuesday at a media availability. 1. On bills that would raise the minimum wage (SB 5285, HB 1355), Republican Deputy Leader Sen. Jon…More
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After an 18-month lockout, picket lines around the Port of Vancouver and a political tussle over whether the government should help run the picket lines to inspect grain, longshore workers will head back to work on Wednesday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratified a new union contract with United Grain Corp. (UGC), according to a press statement by the union. The…More
The ethics complaint filed by Sen. Don Benton (R-17) against Gov. Jay Inslee over State Patrol escorts for grain inspectors is officially kaput. The Executive Ethics Board on Wednesday dropped the complaint Benton filed last week alleging Inslee acted unlawfully when he withdrew state patrol escorts of grain inspectors going into the Port of Vancouver. Workers for the International Longshore…More