DECEMBER 18, 2014

BUDGET/FINANCES 

Gov. Inslee proposes a carbon-pollution cap and trade system to raise $1 billion a yearGov. Jay Inslee proposed a cap and price on carbon emissions Wednesday that he says could raise about $1 billion a year in fees by auctioning pollution credits to greenhouse-gas emitting industries. 

Legal settlement will cost Port of Olympia $187,300A Port of Olympia settlement with open government advocate Arthur West will cost the port $187,300, according to a copy of the settlement, which The Olympian received Tuesday after filing a public records request.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

More layoffs as slowdown at West Coast ports continues – Once the longshoreman and maritime association reach an agreement, it would take another four to six weeks of normal port productivity to work through the backlog. 

Demolition to make way for boutique wineries on Kennewick’s Columbia DriveDemolition will start soon to remove the final buildings and concrete slabs in the way of a future boutique wine development on Kennewick’s Columbia Drive. 

Vancouver port looks to develop new Red Lion hotel Project would be part of larger effort to redevelop its Terminal 1 property.

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Inslee: SR 167 a top priority A new leg of state Route 167 in Pierce County might open to drivers between 2025 and 2027 if Gov. Jay Inslee’s transportation proposal wins approval. 

Inslee transportation plan ignores Southwest Washington Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a proposed $12 billion transportation package, with about half already set aside for projects the governor deemed as the “most pressing transportation needs.” But those needs apparently don’t include one considered critical to Cowlitz County.

 

UNIONS

Contract negotiations at ports going poorly as container traffic drops 20 percentThe Pacific Maritime Association, the terminal representatives at ports along the West Coast, released a statement Wednesday negating any suggestions that contract negotiations with the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union are going well.

Amid discord, ILWU, PMA to restart direct talksNegotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will resume direct negotiations on Thursday, even as they disagree over the current state of the contract talks.

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