The proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point is likely dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a needed permit Monday, May 9. “It’s truly disturbing that the Army Corps took the unprecedented step today to deny the permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project even before releasing the draft Environmental Impact Statement,” Kathryn Stenger, spokesperson for the Alliance for NW Jobs & Exports, said. Lummi members cheered the announcement as it was made in Lummi Indian Business Council chambers.
A three-judge panel of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that the state has failed to comply with its own goals but said an order issued last year by U.S. District Judge Pechman in Seattle setting a seven-day deadline for competency evaluations went beyond what the Constitutional requires.
As Washington state lawmakers have deadlocked in recent years on bills dealing with gun safety and climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee has taken to using his executive pen. With eight months left in his term, Inslee has issued more executive orders than either of the two previous governors did in their first terms. Inslee has now issued 21 executive orders, compared to 16 by Chris Gregoire and 13 by Gary Locke in each of their first four years.
Voting will take place on June 5 for a proposal that would require the government to guarantee every Swiss citizen and legal resident $2,600 tax-free per month. Each child would receive $650 per month. The Swiss government has warned of tax increases necessary to implemented to cover the $200 billion a year program.