Tag Archives: State of Washington

Washington state will require court order to release driver’s license info to immigration authorities

The move is among a series of changes the agency is making in response to outrage over its policy of providing photos and driver’s-license applications to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — information that can be used to help arrest and deport people. The Washington State Department of Licensing will no longer release personal information […]
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Electric Car Tax Incentive Soon To Expire In Washington, Just Starting In Oregon

If you’re considering buying an electric car in Oregon or Washington, you might want to pay attention to possible changes in tax policy. There’s uncertainty about the tax incentives meant to spur electric car sales. Source: Electric Car Tax Incentive Soon To Expire In Washington, Just Starting In Oregon | Jefferson Public Radio

Washington Legislative Session | Homeless Campus – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The 2018 Washington legislative session kicks off Monday. We get a preview of the important issues to watch from OPB reporter Austin Jenkins. Klamath Falls is in the process of constructing a 19-acre homeless services campus just outside of town. Alan Eberlein, who has helped jumpstart the project, tells us how it will work.   […]
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Money From Carbon Tax Should Go to Rural Communities, Commissioner Says

Washington’s commissioner of public lands is calling on the state legislature to put a price on carbon. But Hilary Franz differs with Gov. Jay Inslee about how to use the money. Franz says proceeds from any carbon tax or cap should go to Washington’s rural communities and economies, including forestry, the shellfish industry, and agriculture. […]
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Will Smarter Cars Really Mean Less Traffic?

State and local leaders are planning for technology that could ease traffic congestion, accidents and pollution. If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in traffic on a freeway surrounded by other drivers, know that it’s all because a computer isn’t driving your car. At least that’s the reasoning of proponents of autonomous, or driverless, cars — […]
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Washington Orders Atlantic Salmon Farm To Shut Down After Finding ‘Serious Safety Problems’

More trouble for the Canadian company that let 160,000 of its Atlantic salmon escape into Puget Sound this summer: Washington state officials announced Sunday that they had terminated Cooke Aquaculture’s lease for its fish farm in Port Angeles after finding “serious safety problems” there. In an emailed response, Cooke vice president Joel Richardson said the […]
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Washington Lawmakers Try To Entice Oregon Back To I-5 Bridge Talks 

Washington state lawmakers are moving ahead with an effort to revive a plan to replace the aging Interstate 5 Bridge. They remain hopeful their counterparts in Oregon will join them. The Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee met in Olympia for its inaugural meeting Thursday. Even the name of the task force is a nod to the […]
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Washington joins Oregon in pay-by-the-mile experiment

Beginning early next year, a group of Washington drivers will be keeping close tabs on the number of miles they drive and how much they spend on gas. They will be part of a pilot program to test out a proposed pay-by-the-mile road tax, similar to what Oregon rolled out in 2015. Source: Washington joins Oregon in […]
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A New Bi-State Columbia River Crossing Legislative Task Force May Be on Horizon

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) says a new effort to restart bi-state talks on a proposed new Columbia River Crossing project may not be far off. A bill introduced in the Washington House earlier this year established a Dec. 15 deadline for legislative leaders in both states to name lawmakers to a bi-state panel […]
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Surge of Carbon Pricing Proposals Coming in the New Year

The state measures could save hundreds of millions of tons in carbon emissions over the next decade. Early in the new year, Democrats in the Washington State Senate intend to leverage their newly won majority to push hard on a climate policy that no U.S. state has managed to pass so far: a carbon tax. […]
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