Two-year, $38.2B state budget passes; shutdown averted

Filed on 30. Jun, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — The threat of a government shutdown dissipated Monday as state lawmakers passed a $38.2 billion budget for government operations in the next two years. Senators approved the plan on a 38-10 vote with Democrats casting the dissenting votes. A short time later, the House passed it on a 90-8 margin. It now goes to [...]

Somehow the workplace suffering seems free of cost | Mike Cook

Filed on 29. Jun, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Somehow the workplace suffering seems free of cost | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal Pain, as experienced in the workplace, is something most of us learn to accept. Pain comes from misunderstanding, an inadvertent action interpreted as disrespect, a request denied, a promise broken and not accounted for. These events will all inevitably occur. We learn that pain is a [...]

Inslee concession on fuel standards clears way for $15B transportation package

Filed on 28. Jun, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald writer Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday dropped his pursuit of a low carbon fuel standard aimed at reducing pollution, clearing away a final obstacle to an agreement with lawmakers on a $15 billion transportation package. Inslee and lawmakers have been negotiating a 16-year proposal that would be paid for with [...]

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

Filed on 25. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald writer EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is cutting the number of 747s it rolls out of its Paine Field plant annually by one-third by next March. The company, which announced the production cut Wednesday, remains optimistic that it will still be making the jumbo airplane in the next decade. Industry analysts are [...]

Records detail drug deals at Boeing Everett plant

Filed on 23. Jun, 2015 in News

By Rikki King Everett Herald writer EVERETT — A small group of Boeing workers last year used the company’s instant messaging service to arrange drug deals at the Paine Field plant, according to public records. Boeing conducted an investigation and shared the findings with the Everett Police Department, six months later. The police department says [...]

How a Microsoft executive became the owner of a Marysville Harley shop

Filed on 22. Jun, 2015 in Features

How a Microsoft executive became the owner of a Marysville Harley shop

By Emily Hamann For The Everett Herald Business Journal So how do you go from a Microsoft executive to the owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership? Scott Smernis just laughs. “Everybody wants to know that,” Smernis said. He’s the owner and dealer principal of Sound Harley-Davidson in Marysville, a dealership that he built from the ground up. [...]

Lacking a budget, most state agencies could close July 1

Filed on 21. Jun, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — State officials on Thursday explained what will happen if a partial government shutdown occurs July 1, even though the governor is confident it won’t happen. Thirty state agencies will completely close and another two dozen will sharply curtail services if lawmakers do not deliver a new budget to Gov. [...]

Commissioners recommend ferry fare increases this year and next

Filed on 18. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer A state panel took the first step Tuesday to increase fares on Washington State Ferries this fall. The Washington State Transportation Commission unanimously proposed a 2.5 percent hike for vehicles and 1 percent for passengers in cars and walk-ons. The increases would occur Oct. 1 and again May 1, 2016, under the recommendation endorsed [...]

Obstacles to engagement: everything counts | Mike Cook

Filed on 15. Jun, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Obstacles to engagement: everything counts | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal  “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair Assuming that we are all in agreement that engaged employees are preferable to ones who are not, let’s take a brief look at actions we [...]

Better Business Bureau warns of HVAC service scam

Filed on 15. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs

Everett Herald Business Journal staff The Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners against a group of people who are posing as heating-and-air conditioning contractors who do often shoddy work and then pressure the customers into paying much more than quoted. These impostors use variations of legitimate business names. Some of the names reported include GFA [...]

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