Yakima County Commissioners unanimously approved a “wine and wellness” resort.
Happening in Olympia
House and Senate Democrats are proposing two different funding levels for Department of Social and Health Services. The House’s budget allocates $13.91 billion, while the Senate’s budget provides $13.52 billion to the state agency. Both budgets have DSHS making up a sizable portion of their respective budgets. (Washington State Wire)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an agreement with city unions to help undercut workers and help return power back to union bosses to counteract the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision. The Janus decision freed public employees from being forced to support an organization with which many of them fundamentally disagree. As part of the agreement, the city will provide the unions with new-employee information. (Seattle Times)
The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma approved a roughly half billion-dollar plan to renovate West Seattle’s Terminal 5. “Some folks can push back, but the farmers in eastern Washington will say it’s absolutely critical (to have the port). It’s a lifeline for their business,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman. Construction could begin this spring. (KING 5)
Former TV news anchor Nadine Woodward is officially the latest entrant into the race to become Spokane’s next mayor. “What is the use of a good idea if you are so caught up in fighting, or you’re so abrasive, that you can’t build the consensus to make it happen,” she said during her campaign announcement. Woodward used the speech to criticize City Council President Ben Stuckart’s proposal to require the city move to renewable energy by 2030, along with a number of other policy highlights. (Spokesman Review)
Yakima County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal for a wine and wellness resort. “I think this application exemplifies how we want to do business in Yakima County,” said Commissioner Mike Leita during the meeting. Commissioners praised the property owner for his willingness to cooperate with Yakima County officials like the planning department. (Yakima Herald)
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