SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

BUDGET/FINANCES

Washington state is recovering. Slightly. – A state economic forecast suggests legislators will have a slightly larger budget cushion than predicted.

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE

Port of Port Townsend candidates forum deals with retiring director The race for two Port of Port Townsend commissioner seats is partly a referendum on the port’s management in general and Port Director Larry Crockett in particular, according to comments at a candidate forum Monday. 

State auditor to review port’s handling of oil terminal meetingCommissioners barred public from discussion.

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Guest: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget SoundMarine vessels are still allowed to empty their sewage tanks directly into this cherished and invaluable ecosystem. This environmentally unsound and fiscally irresponsible practice must end, writes guest columnist Peter Goldmark.

LAND USE

Port of Bellingham’s Stoner defends waterfront plans for wildlife, lagoonStoner took pains to rebut two key criticisms of waterfront plans that have been heard in recent weeks. 

Editorial: Proposal doesn’t fit Sodo’s gritty characterThe proposal for a Business Improvement Area in Seattle’s Sodo district is questionable, argues The Seattle Times.

TRADE

Washington senators introduce Maritime Goods Movement ActU.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell on Tuesday officially introduced the Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century.  

TRANSPORTATION

What We Are Watching for in Washington Senate’s Transportation Listening SessionsA blog post on the Transportation Issues Daily website regarding the statewide listening sessions.

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