DECEMBER 22, 2014

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Vista Field development plans run into roadblock with Three Rivers campusThe community’s vision for a town center at Kennewick’s Vista Field may have run up against its first roadblock.

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Carbon tax proposal raises local concernsAlthough hailed by some, critics are trashing a plan by Gov. Jay Inslee to tax state industries for their greenhouse gas emissions.

 

MISC 

Ridgefield named ‘Port of the Year’ by Washington Ports AssociationThe Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) has named the Port of Ridgefield as the recipient of its annual Port of the Year Award.

 

TRADE 

Japan complains to US over port-delayed forage shipments The Japanese government recently expressed concern to the U.S. government regarding delays of U.S. forage exports because of U.S. West Coast port congestion, according to an agriculture shipper group.

 

TRANSPORTATION 

I-405 misery: 2 megaprojects could tackle chronic delaysInterstate 405 from Lynnwood to Tukwila is one of the most congested corridors in the region. Lawmakers hope a new transportation package will address some of the worst choke points, while commuters say getting around requires planning, patience and sometimes advance meditation.

 

UNIONS 

McDonald’s fries and Christmas gifts are casualties of dockworkers’ disputeWest coast longshoremen have been on the job without a contract since July and they are working slower in protest. It could have a monumental impact on the US economy. But could it also reinvigorate the labor movement? 

The Union That Stole ChristmasChristmas may come late for many Americans this year thanks to a West Coast labor brawl.

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