After completing a long and thorough evaluation of their future goals and plans, the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced Wednesday they are stepping away from from their role in organizing the River of Fire 4th of July Fireworks show as well as Cool Desert Nights in Richland.
The tax, which was passed in 2015, and went into effect in 2016, was designed to provide funds to 'combat' (maybe the wrong word!) violence in the city. It was met with legal challenges, but now the State Supreme Court says it's legal.
Some may not have heard of the McCleary Decision, but it's largely the reason why the Washington State Legislature has had to go overtime at least four of the last five years in Olympia. It's largely the reason the state has had such difficulty balancing it's budget.
Last Sunday, July 23rd, the new Driving Under the Influence of Electronics law went into effect. But as people read it, a lot more is being uncovered. It now appears it's the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics, Coffee, Beverages, Food, Blinking--Lord knows what else.