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WAWG takes part in WPC’s final farm hall series in Spokane

By Trista Crossley The Washington Policy Center wrapped up 2017’s Farm Hall Series in Spokane last month, bringing together elected officials and agricultural industry leaders to answer questions from farmers and ranchers and to look at some of the issues facing agriculture in the coming year. Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), joined Sen. Mark ... Read More »

Governor’s proposed budget includes fossil fuel carbon tax

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Dec. 14, Gov. Jay Inslee released his proposed supplemental operating budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. The supplemental operating budget makes tweaks to the current $43.7 billion, two-year state budget that was adopted earlier this year. The Governor proposes tapping into the state’s reserves by almost a billion dollars to respond to a recent Supreme ... Read More »

Judge declares clean air rule invalid

From the Association of Washington Business A Thurston County judge blocked the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Clean Air Rule from moving forward, saying the state lacks the authority to implement it without legislative approval. Ecology implemented the rule in 2016 at the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee. A coalition of employer groups led by the Association of Washington ... Read More »

Senator: GOP holding firm on Hirst, budget

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said last week that Senate Republicans should stop the “high jinks” and pass a capital budget, but the GOP lawmaker who held up the budget said he believes Republicans will hold firm until Democrats embrace a “good Hirst fix.” Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said a plan outlined Thursday by Democrats to reopen some ... Read More »

Inslee to propose Washington carbon tax

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee presented a budget Thursday that relies on a two-year, $1.5 billion carbon tax to speed-up and sustain higher teacher salaries ordered by the state Supreme Court. Inslee, speaking at a press conference, said putting a price on greenhouse gases will help K-12 education and respond to climate change. Read the rest of ... Read More »

WAWG president follows family legacy of leadership

From the Capital Press Leadership runs in Marci Green’s family. Her father, Karl Felgenhauer, was a longtime board member of the Washington Wheat Commission, now the Washington Grain Commission. Her great uncle, Jack Felgenhauer, was a president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Green has also served on local boards and other organizations. “I just feel like it’s important ... Read More »

Washington Dems float rural well bill

From the Capital Press Democrats outlined a plan Tuesday to help fish while curtailing withdrawals from new rural wells, redistributing water in the wake of the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. The proposal could allow more farm families to drill wells for homes. But it would limit withdrawals to 350 gallons a day, as opposed to the current cap of ... Read More »

Education funding back on legislative agenda for 2018 session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 8, 2018, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session in Olympia for a “short” session that is scheduled to last only 60 days. The 60-day short sessions are typically used for tweaking the biennial budgets approved in odd-number years, not for major overhauls. However, a recent order from the Washington State ... Read More »

Annual convention closes books on another successful year

While the thunder may have been rolling and friends were being found in low places at the nearby Spokane, Wash., arena*, at the Davenport Grand Hotel, the 2017 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention was bringing together more than 450 Pacific Northwest grain producers, industry stakeholders and exhibitors to network and hear the latest in politics, weather and technology. “We had an ... Read More »