2018 Legislative Session in Washington State

There was a fast and furious approach to this year’s legislative session. We hit the ground running before session started with fiscal note requests for seven Z-drafts. By the last week of January we had a huge amount of fiscal note requests, with some second requests for revised bills. Here are a few of the many bills we are tracking: 1233 Distributed Energy Future 2194 Out of State Materials for

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Low-Income Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Program

Commerce just received $5 million from the legislature to fund our new Low-Income Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Program. This exciting new program is designed to help low-income households who need home repairs done before they can qualify for our weatherization program. Half of all the families who apply for weatherization live with rotting floors, bad plumbing, and leaky roofs. This work is beyond the scope of the weatherization program. But

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Due Date: March 14 – Commerce RFQQ to provide mental health first aid for homeless housing services providers

The Department of Commerce will issue a Request for Qualifications and Quotations (RFQQ) to Provide Mental Health First Aid for Homeless Housing Services Providers. The estimated length of the project is April 18, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Approximately $35,000 is available for this project.  (NOTE:  optional term) The Request for Qualifications and Quotations will be issued on or about February 9, 2018.  Proposals are due by 5p.m., local time,

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Washington State partners with DNV GL on a mission for sustainable maritime sector growth

Washington State has the vision to be the United States’ most sustainable maritime cluster by 2050. DNV GL will support the state to develop it’s “Washington Maritime Blue” strategy for the sustainable development of the state’s $38 billion maritime industry. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Maritime Innovation Advisory Council launched an effort called “Washington Maritime Blue”  in December 2017 to develop a comprehensive strategy for leading the nation in “blue”

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Due Date: March 1, 2018: Commerce seeking RFQQ to provide consultation to staff on current response to homelessness

Commerce is seeking request for qualification and quotation (RFQQ) to provide consultation to Commerce staff on how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s current response to homelessness and the state’s efforts to strategically invest funds to reduce homelessness. The purpose of this contract is to provide consultation to Commerce staff on how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s current response to homelessness and the

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Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year – is some of it yours?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate incomes. OLYMPIA, WA – Workers earning up to $53,930 may be eligible to receive the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A tax return must be filed to get the credit, even if no tax is owed or filing a tax return is not required. Many people are eligible for this tax benefit, but

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Connecting small businesses with international customers, partners

Rounding out the 2017 industry trade show calendar, Commerce organized and led delegations on two final trade missions: Dubai Air Show. The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s largest markets for civil and military aircraft. Read more about the Washington companies in this year’s Choose Washington booth in Dubai. MEDICA is the world’s largest medical industry trade show. Learn about our innovative entrepreneurs and companies doing business in in Dusseldorf, Germany. Commerce provides services to

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