Ag Community Not Thrilled With Legislation Addressing Overtime Issues

Legislation that would address several overtime questions in Washington is not sitting well in the farming community for a variety of reasons. Senate Bill 5172 is currently in the state House. The legislation looks to initiate a stair stepped approach to overtime pay for farm workers that cross 40 hours in a week. If approved, […]

Honeyford: Ag Industry Should Have Been Part Of Agritourism Discussions

While the Washington economy continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, many in the farming sector feel they were unfairly targeted by Governor Jay Inslee. Late last week, the governor’s office issued rules that many say essentially shut down the agritourism industry. And what frustrated many in farm country was that very similar activities were […]

Concerns Grow About Lack Of Census Participation In Eastern Washington

Every ten years, the federal government takes a census of the people. Not only does it give everyone an idea which communities grew in population and which shrank, but it also determines where important federal assistance goes, and what regions are eligible for grants and other opportunities for another decade. And as Washington state Senator […]

Water, Capital Gains Big Issues For Honeyford In 2020

When looking back on 2019, state Senator Jim Honeyford called the legislative year disconcerting for the farming community.  He said legislation claiming farmers are slave owners and don’t pay taxes put a bad taste in the mouths of many.  When it comes to 2020, Honeyford says he will have several bills in his sights.   […]

Honeyford Proposes That Washington Stay On Daylight Saving Year Round

Jim Honeyford is once again proposing legislation that would eliminate the biannual change of clocks for the state of Washington.  Two years ago, the Sunnyside Republican proposed legislation that would keep the Evergreen State on Standard Time year round.  This time, his legislation would keep Washington on Daylight Saving time.   Some said the switch […]