WASHINGTON

August 27, 2015

City

Seattle, Tacoma ports OK ‘bold’ alliance in marine cargo business

Coral Garnick - The Seattle Times - August 4, 2015

The port commissions of Seattle and Tacoma voted unanimously Tuesday to form the Northwest Seaport Alliance, unifying the longtime rivals’ marine cargo divisions. FULL ARTICLE

County

Pierce County will start shutting down unregulated pot dispensaries in a year

Kari Plog - The Olympian - July 27, 2015

Pierce County has drawn a line in the sand for unlicensed medical-marijuana operations amid changes in state law: Dispensaries must obtain licenses or cease sales. FULL ARTICLE

King County will push juvenile justice bias study

David Kroman - Crosscut - July 27, 2015

The most commonly levied complaint against the construction of a new juvenile detention center – named the Children and Family Justice Center by King County – is that it will continue to incarcerate predominantly black and Hispanic youth.  FULL ARTICLE

State

State’s Medicaid shift to preventive coverage could help cut health care costs

Annie Zak - Puget Sound Business Journal - July 30, 2015

Health care reform and a massive influx of people into Washington state's Medicaid program — called Washington Apple Health — have resulted in a proposal to add new services. FULL ARTICLE

Bypassing Legislature, Inslee turns to executive action on climate change

Jordan Schrader - The Olympian - July 27, 2015

Taking a page from President Barack Obama, Gov. Jay Inslee is bypassing reluctant lawmakers to combat climate change through regulation. FULL ARTICLE

State already on track for federal coal-use goals

Hal Bernton - The Olympian - August 4, 2015

President Barack Obama’s clean-power plan released Monday is expected to give additional momentum to efforts already underway in the Northwest to reduce the use of coal-fired electricity. FULL ARTICLE

Tribal

U.S. supports Tulalips in lawsuit over taxes against state, county

Marthan Bellisle - The Seattle Times - August 4, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department has asked to join the Tulalip Indian Tribes in a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the state and Snohomish County from collecting millions of dollars in taxes from non-Indian businesses so that the tribe can collect that money instead. FULL ARTICLE

Federal

SEC gives green light to new CEO pay ratio rule

Bob Herman - Modern Healthcare - August 5, 2015

The spotlight on executive compensation packages is about to get hotter. And for healthcare executives, among the highest-paid in the country, it could result in tough conversations about income inequality and how their pay is justified. FULL ARTICLE

Obama opens White House to first-ever Demo Day

J Jennings Moss - Upstart Business Journal - August 4, 2015

President Barack Obama moved from entrepreneur to entrepreneur today, set up in a couple of rooms in the White House. He asked the kinds of questions all of these entrepreneurs have gotten used to answering. FULL ARTICLE

Leaders Speak

Daniel Jack Chasan
author, attorney, and writer

In drought, conflict emerges between fish and man

Nathan Johnson
HCA chief policy officer for policy, planning and performance

Healthier Washington

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