DECEMBER 30, 2013

AIRPORTS

Fight promised over exempting airport from $15 minimum wage – A judge has ruled that 4,700 Sea-Tac airport workers will not see pay increases when the law goes into effect on Jan. 1.

BUDGET/FINANCES

Port of Longview approves raising property tax rate on 2-1 voteDespite pleas for a holiday change of heart, the Port of Longview commissioners again voted 2-1 Monday to double property taxes in the port district 

Port needs to explain tax hike – On Dec. 23, the Port of Longview commissioners voted 2-1 to double the port’s property tax levy.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Puget Sound region’s economy looks to rebound in 2014Economists are optimistic about 2014, though it’s tinged with caution.

TRADE

Everett port attracts 7th shipping lineMore than $12.6 billion worth of cargo was moved through the Port of Everett in 2012. The port added a seventh shipping line in November.

TRANSPORTATION

Neighbors seek ban of big rigs on 39th Street Vancouver official says process would be complicated, time-consuming.

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