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Inslee vetoed bi-partisan plan that would have helped over 10,000 manufacturers (Getty Images)
Inslee vetoed bi-partisan plan that would have helped over 10,000 manufacturers (Getty Images)
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Critics Say Gov. Inslee Caved to Unions in Vetoing Tax Cut for Manufacturers

Although he denies it, critics, especially on the GOP side, are saying Governor Inslee caved into special interests and labor unions when he vetoed part of a bill that would give the same Business and Occupation tax rate as Boeing.

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Seattle City Council votes to impose income tax on wealthiest citizens (Getty Images)
Seattle City Council votes to impose income tax on wealthiest citizens (Getty Images)
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Seattle City Council Breaks State Law by Passing Income Tax on Wealthy

A quick and hostile legal challenge is expected, after the Seattle City Council voted 5-3 to place an income tax on the highest earners in the city.

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Pasco city council candidates to attend public introduction luncheon (Google Street View)
Pasco city council candidates to attend public introduction luncheon (Google Street View)
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Get Involved! Come Meet Pasco’s City Council Candidates July 17

Pasco plans to let citizens hear from the candidates for the upcoming City Council Elections later as we approach fall. Because there's a lot of folks in the running, Pasco's Chamber of Commerce is holding a candidates luncheon Monday July 17th.

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Legislature passes Family Leave Act, businesses will pay the brunt of the bill (WA state legislative website)
Legislature passes Family Leave Act, businesses will pay the brunt of the bill (WA state legislative website)
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WA Legislature Passes Paid Family Leave Act, Gov. Inslee to Sign Wednesday

You probably didn't hear about this over all the noise from education funding, possible 'government' shutdown, and some tax proposals. But now WA will become the 5th state to enact Paid Family Leave.

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Noted skin doctor says computer screens hurt skin like the sun  (Getty Images)
Noted skin doctor says computer screens hurt skin like the sun (Getty Images)
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Doctor Says We Should Wear Sunscreen When Using Computers, Cellphones?!?

The doctor who looks after the skin of celebrity Taylor Swift has said this week people should treat exposure to computer screens and cellphones the same as they would the sun.

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TRIOS files for Chapter 9 protection (TRIOS)
TRIOS files for Chapter 9 protection (TRIOS)
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TRIOS Hospital Files For Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protection, Debt Plan Coming

The move will not result in any layoffs, say officials, but does provide protection for the hospital while it seeks ways to pare down and reorganize it's debt.

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Altitude, one of three pot shops (in Prosser) that would stay in business despite moratorium (Google Maps)
Altitude, one of three pot shops (in Prosser) that would stay in business despite moratorium (Google Maps)
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Benton County Could Be ‘Done’ With Legal Pot, Considers Moratorium

Although officials have not confirmed this, it's likely the firestorm of resistance from West Richland citizens that's prompted Benton County Commissioners to put a plan in play that would eventually prevent any more pot business from opening in the county.

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West Richland pot shop 150 feet from daycare-learning center, which is marked in photo on Kennedy Road (Google Earth)
West Richland pot shop 150 feet from daycare-learning center, which is marked in photo on Kennedy Road (Google Earth)
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Apparently State, Benton County, OK With Pot Store By Preschools, Daycare

Due to legalities, it appears West Richland residents might be stuck with a pot store virtually next to a preschool, close to bus stops, and in the middle of a residential area.

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Citizens take up new measures against proposed West Richland area pot store (KNDU-TV)
Citizens take up new measures against proposed West Richland area pot store (KNDU-TV)
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West Richland Residents Launch Petition Against Proposed Pot Store

The issue has been simmering since March, but now West Richland residents are taking to a sign up petition to stop the launching of a pot store that's technically 'in-town,' but NOT part of the city.

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UW study says higher wages offset by fewer hours (Chris McGrath)
UW study says higher wages offset by fewer hours (Chris McGrath)
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New UW Study Says $15 Minimum Wage Actually Costs Workers

In yet another example of how those who were pushing the $15 minimum wage didn't to their homework, or use business common sense, a new University of Washington study shows while workers ARE making noticeably more money, it's offset because they're getting fewer hours.

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