Schoesler Critical Of Study Looking At Removal Of Snake River Dams

Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that he and senator Patty Murray were exploring options to breach the lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups and northwest tribes have increased efforts as of recent to remove the four dams located between Lewiston, ID and Pasco, WA. Those dams are located in state Senator Mark Schoesler’s […]

Inslee, Murray Looking At Ways To Remove the Snake River Dams

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray are exploring options to breach the lower Snake River dams. According to the Spokesman-Review, Inslee made that announcement during a virtual gathering of Washington environmentalists Thursday. During a fundraiser organized by Washington Conservation Voters, the governor said he and Washington’s senior senator are working on “a rigorous, […]

Schoesler Worries Mandate Will Hurt 4-H Programs

Starting October 18th, Washington government employees, including teachers, police officers and others, need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Add to that list 4-H volunteers across the state. Washington lawmakers connected with the farming community worry this mandate will hurt the program and discourage people from volunteering. “The 4-H program is something incredibly valuable for […]

Lewison Op-Ed Sheds Light On Drought Designation

A July op-ed by the Washington Policy Center’s Pam Lewison is very critical of the Governor Jay Inslee’s Office and the Washington state Department of Ecology for failing to protect wheat farmers and other grain growers during this summer’s record heat. In her piece titled “Drought Recognition: What’s Good for the Goose Should be Good […]

President Biden Highlights Wildfire Threat In The West

At the start of every hurricane season, which runs June 1st to the end of November, the President receives a briefing of what to expect and what precautions should be taken. “And when I received that briefing this year I asked for a second briefing that does the same thing, but now we’re doing it […]

Lewison: Capital Gains Tax Will Have A Direct Impact On Washington Farmers

During the 2021 legislative session, Washington lawmakers passed a new capital gains tax; a tax that will be challenged in court. Pam Lewison with the Washington Policy Center said with no exemptions for farm lands, the tax will have severe impacts on producers statewide. “Anyone who tracks the value of farmland should be well aware that $250,000 is […]

Schmick: Overtime Bill Biggest Win For Ag In 2021 Session

On Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill that established overtime for the Ag community. The new law will step the hours per week need to trigger overtime until it hits 40 hours in early 2024. Colfax Republican Joe Schmick said for him, that Ag overtime legislation was the biggest win for […]

McMorris Rodgers Tells Inslee to Stop Killing Salmon in Puget Sound

Eastern Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers is urging both Governor Jay Inslee and the Department of Ecology to protect Chinook stocks located in the Puget Sound. The Spokane area Republican said the state has proposed a new general pollution permit allowing 58 sewage treatment plants to discharge into Puget Sound. “As the Department of Ecology considers public […]

Bill Extending Washington Invasive Species Council Heads To Governor’s Desk

By a unanimous vote last week, the Washington House approved legislation extending the life of the state’s Invasive Species Council. Senate Bill 5063, put forward by state Senator Jim Honeyford, also extends the Council’s mission to protect the state’s environment and economy from harmful non-native plants, inspects and animal. The Sunnyside area Republican said the […]

Washington’s Invasive Species Awareness Week Goes Virtual

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed February 22nd through February 28th as Invasive Species Awareness Week. “Invasive species threaten our economy, environment, recreation opportunities and can even harm our health,” Inslee said. “I’m calling on everyone who loves this state we call home to become aware of invasive species and take steps to prevent the […]