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Free rides, beer and savings bonds: Vaccinators get creative

Free beer, pot and doughnuts. Savings bonds. A chance to win an all-terrain vehicle. Places around the U.S. are offering incentives to try to energize the nation’s slowing vaccination drive and get Americans to roll up their sleeves.

House, Senate farm bills split over conservation programs

Proponents of the House plan, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, say it would combine the best features of two programs that encourage conservation efforts through a mix of financial and technical assistance. Critics say it would limit farmers’ ability to improve soil, water and air quality and comply with state regulations.

Wisconsin governor signs $3 billion Foxconn bill into law

Gov. Scott Walker signed a $3 billion incentive package Monday for Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, a deal he says will provide thousands of jobs for generations.

Lawsuit challenging Idaho’s tax reimbursement incentive dismissed

A lawsuit filed by an Idaho company challenging the state’s tax-reimbursement incentive program – because it was awarded to a new competitor – has been dismissed. Fourth District Judge Samuel Hoagland, in a ruling issued Monday, wrote that claims by the company, Employers Resource Management...

Spokane forming incentive program for developers

Seeking to quell any more criticism over the handling of city money going toward the Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart announced Monday the creation of a program that would offer city incentives to developers in a “uniform and transparent way.” Condon noted that discussion for such a program has been happening at the city for a couple of years, but the issue came to the fore when the City Council pushed back against Condon’s informal agreement in 2013 offering Walt Worthy up to $2 million for environmental cleanup at his new hotel. Earlier this year, Worthy asked for $318,000 for pollution mitigation.

Shawn Vestal: On big projects and incentives like Grand Hotel, city needs to get it right

The Davenport Grand Hotel will open before controversy closes over city contributions to the project. That’s simply backward, no matter how good the project is for downtown – and there is every reason to think it will be very good indeed. As Mayor David Condon, the City Council and even hotel developer Walt Worthy debate just how it is that the city is on the hook for $318,000 the council has not yet approved, one point of agreement has emerged: The city needs a clear, clean, consistent plan for how and when it offers incentives to developers and businesses.

Zombies show support in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Note to grade school students planning a civics trip to the state Capitol during the session: You never know who you’ll see here. The governor. Legislators. Lobbyists. Zombies ...

Gov. Inslee signing Boeing incentive bills

SEATTLE — The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field was selected for a ceremony Monday for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to sign legislation to help keep production of Boeing’s new 777X in Washington.