Marijuana regulators looking to revamp enforcement process.
Happening in Olympia
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is reviewing its mission after five years of regulating marijuana. The Board is reviewing procedures on how they enforce regulations while looking for ways to encourage more minority, women, and military veteran ownership of pot businesses. (The Olympian)
Washington State Wire graded the recently terminated Inslee campaign and gave them a “B.” This is an impressive grade for a campaign that started at 1% in the polls and ended at 0%, was broke (also spent over 1.2 million of Inslee’s Governor’s campaign funds), and quit five months prior to the first ballot being cast. (Washington State Wire)
A group of Seattle businesses are asking Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to delay the Highway 99 tolls until other surface street construction is completed. The businesses are concerned that up to 40,000 cars daily will now bypass the tunnel and use downtown surface streets. Construction projects along the Waterfront and in Belltown already cause congestion and the business are asking WSDOT to not add to the problem. (MyNorthwest)
A Seattle organization teaches students the complicated budget process of school funding. Rainier Scholars study the education funding sources imposed by the legislature to fulfill the McCleary decision. One wonders if the program also informs the students of the financial impact of teachers receiving improved benefits and double-digit pay raises. (Seattle Times)
Due to threats of violence, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has cancelled 14 public hearings on what it will do once wolves are no longer a federally protected species. WDFW officials stated that they had seen threats on social media, especially from those opposed to removing wolves that attack livestock. The public can still provide written testimony to WDFW. (Spokesman-Review)
Teachers in the Kennewick School District went on an illegal strike Tuesday after rejecting a 7.5% pay raise. The strike of 1,200 teachers impacts the nearly 20,000 students enrolled in Kennewick public schools. (KNDU TV)
In one of many lawsuits facing the City of Wapato, the city agreed to pay $60,000 in attorney fees to settle a lawsuit from eight Wapato residents. The suit alleged that councilmembers violated open public meetings laws. (AP)
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