Americans Still Prioritize Economic Growth Over Environment

Americans continue to prioritize economic growth over environmental protection, by a 49% to 41% margin, as they have since 2009. This eight-percentage point gap in favor of economic growth is smaller than last year’s record 18-point gap. For most of the last three decades, Americans have prioritized the environment over economic growth.

When Is Shoreline Water District Going to Get Its Books in Order?

The State Auditor’s Office released its weekly audits and cited three organizations, Shoreline Water District, Benton County Fire Protection District No. 4, and Hoquiam School District No. 28. The Shoreline audit was particularly disappointing.

Panel Begins Work on Recommendations to Respond to Ocean Acidification

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification held its second meeting on Wednesday. Ryan Kelley from the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University noted that, “Washington is the undisputed leader on state action to address ocean acidification.”

A Modest Proposal to End State’s Closed-Door Standoff

We’re all waiting for that “puff of smoke” from the governor’s office that lets us know that the Legislature’s big dogs, now meeting behind closed doors, have finally reached a deal on the budget and all those other issues that stand in the way of adjournment. And it leads John Barnes of the Washington Policy Center to offer a delightful suggestion about a way to resolve the standoff. Though maybe the players might not appreciate it.

State Audits Identify Another Repeat Offender

Last wee’s State Auditor report revealed still one more public entity that just can’t seem to get its act together, Public Utility District No. 1 of Wahkiakum County.

A Discover Pass for Every Car?

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Thursday, July 14, 2011 EST.New $30 Pass Keeps State Parks Open, But Tricky Rules Have Some People Steamed  Discover Pass on display. (Photo courtesy Washington State Parks.)By Erik Smith Staff wr…