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Business & Economy

An employee makes respiratory masks in a family-owned medical equipment factory in Miami on Feb. 15. American manufacturers are thriving but they are running into an unexpected problem: finding critical supplies. CREDIT: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

‘It’s Madness’: American Factories Scramble To Secure Critical Supplies

Unexpectedly strong demand for furniture, appliances and other manufactured goods is providing a windfall to many of the country’s industries. But as factory gears spin faster to meet the surging demand, a big headache is emerging: Supply chains are getting stretched more than ever, and critical components are proving a lot harder to procure. Continue Reading ‘It’s Madness’: American Factories Scramble To Secure Critical Supplies

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Photo illustration by MacGregor Campbell/OPB; Original prison image by Oregon DOC, 2014

Northwest Prisoners Eligible For Stimulus Checks. But Getting Payout Behind Bars Is Complicated

Like many Americans, people behind bars are waiting to see if they will be getting checks from the federal government as part of the new stimulus bill — provided it passes Congress this month as expected. The majority of incarcerated people in Washington and Oregon were likely eligible for the first two rounds of relief money. Continue Reading Northwest Prisoners Eligible For Stimulus Checks. But Getting Payout Behind Bars Is Complicated

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Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that two regions of the state will be moving into Phase 2 on Monday.

Governor Signs $2.2B COVID Relief Package For Washington Schools, Businesses, Renters, Immigrants

A fresh round of federal aid will soon be flowing to Washington businesses and individuals hit hard by the COVID pandemic. On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a $2.2 billion relief package funded with money approved by Congress in December. Continue Reading Governor Signs $2.2B COVID Relief Package For Washington Schools, Businesses, Renters, Immigrants

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Plug-in cars charge up at the Washington State Capitol Campus. A disproportionately high number of the state's legislators drive electric vehicles compared to the general population. CREDIT: TOM BANSE

Pay-Per-Mile Tax Gets A Test Drive In Washington Legislature To Augment Gas Tax

Washington state senators have teed up a mileage-based tax for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as the first step toward changing how the state pays for road maintenance and other transportation needs. Policymakers expect gas tax revenue to decline long term. Oregon has been experimenting with a per-mile charge for years. Continue Reading Pay-Per-Mile Tax Gets A Test Drive In Washington Legislature To Augment Gas Tax

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