MARCH 8, 2016

BUDGET/FINANCES

Inslee Threatens Mass Veto Unless Legislature Resolves Budget Standoff and Avoids Another Special Session

John Stang, March 7, 2016, Seattle Met

At a press conference today, a dead serious governor Jay Inslee threatened to veto everyone’s bills on both sides of the aisle unless the Democratic house and GOP senate reach at least a handshake agreement on a 2016-2017 supplemental budget compromise by midnight this Thursday.

The current 60-day session ends Thursday, and Inslee will call the legislature back on Friday if no budget compromise is reached. Inslee said today that roughly 35 bills are waiting on his desk for his signature, and at least 100 more are expected to show up by Thursday. Inslee said he is fine with letting these bills lapse and letting the legislature try to pass them all again next year.

Read more here: http://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2016/3/7/inslee-threatens-mass-veto-unless-legislature-resolves-budget-standoff-and-avoids-another-special-session

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Port of Kalama releases draft environmental report on proposed methanol plant

Marissa Luck, Sarah Grothjan, March 8, 2016, The Daily

Officials last week released a draft environmental impact study of a proposed methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, more than two years after a China-backed company pitched the project.

This is the first time the public has seen this much information about the effects that the $1.8 billion methanol plant on the air, water, traffic and other resources.

Read more here: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-kalama-releases-draft-environmental-report-on-proposed-methanol/article_0e1df7e6-a92d-5282-b680-75b00a64696a.html

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