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Honeyford’s perfect record of support for small business continues Sen. Jim Honeyford has again earned the Guardian of Small Business Award by maintaining a perfect voting record during the 2013-14 biennium on issues that count for small businesses. He was one of 15 senators to receive a 100-percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business. “Communities across the... Read More...
Industrial hemp crops grown in Washington? There was in interesting hearing last week in the Senate ag committee dealing with industrial hemp and the possibility of making it a new crop in Washington. While it’s currently outlawed due to its close relation to marijuana, now that the people have legalized recreational marijuana the conversation about making... Read More...
Sunnyside Senator to push for expanding tax breaks for businesses statewide After approving two tax-preference bills designed to bolster the state’s aerospace industry, longtime state Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Yakima, said he’s looking forward to continuing the trend of growing the state’s business community by offering tax incentives. “The governor called us into a special session in order to pass two bills... Read More...
Honeyford bills will create jobs for teens, reduce clerical burdens Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills Tuesday that will benefit businesses in Washington and hopefully put more people to work. Senate Bills 5056 and 5770, both sponsored by 15th District Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside, make it easier for businesses to hire minors and reduce the clerical burdens of small... Read More...
Honeyford to host educational opportunity on unmanned aircraft In an effort to bring attention to the positive, life-saving uses of unmanned aircraft in Washington, Sen. Jim Honeyford will sponsor an informational briefing Wednesday in the A/B/C conference room of the John A. Cherberg Building on the Capitol campus. The briefing will begin every hour on the hour from... Read More...
Unemployment rates rise in Washington The state Employment Services Department just released Washington’s monthly employment report and it showed that the state lost 1,100 jobs in August and the state unemployment rate increased from 8.5% to 8.6%. The national rate is 8.1%. As a reminder, the state’s employment peak was back in Feb. 2008 (2.976... Read More...