JUNE 17, 2016

AIRPORTS

Sea-Tac’s busy travel season starts as airport says security lines are moving faster

Patricia Madej, June 17, 2016, Seattle Times

Friday marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and TSA officials said they expect record-breaking numbers of up to 65,000 travelers on Friday to pass through its checkpoints.

As for the lines? Airport employees say they’re pretty much ready.

“Our goal is 20 minutes or less, and for most part we’ve achieved that,” said Brian DeRoy, airport spokesman.

DeRoy says changes made just before Memorial Day Weekend continue to pay off.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/sea-tacs-busy-travel-season-starts-as-airport-says-security-lines-are-moving-faster/

 

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

Revenue projections for Washington higher than expected

Rachel La Corte, June 15, 2016, The Olympian

Washington state lawmakers will have a little more money than expected heading into their next two-year budget cycle, but the state budget director warned Wednesday that it’s not enough to address a mandate by the state Supreme Court related to education funding.

Numbers released by the Washington state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council and Office of Financial Management showed that the current two-year budget that ends in the middle of 2017 will have a surplus of about $308 million, putting it at $38.1 billion. The council also adjusted its forecast for the following two-year budget projection that shows an additional $127 million than originally expected. The 2017-2019 state budget is now expected to be at $41 billion.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/state/washington/article83936022.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Port commission, public square off over ballot initiative lawsuit

Kate Martin, June 16, 2016, The News Tribune

The Port of Tacoma Commission voted Thursday to support a lawsuit against two citizen measures backed by Save Tacoma Water, a volunteer group that turned in signatures for a fall ballot measure on Wednesday.

If approved by voters this fall, the issue would change city law to require a public vote before allowing the city to issue a permit to a business that would use more than 1 million gallons of water per day.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/port-of-tacoma/article84293722.html#storylink=cpy

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