Twin bills look to save employers from backpay lawsuits
When the Washington State Supreme Court ruled dairies were ordered to pay all their employees overtime Nov. 5, 2020, there was a collective pause in the agricultural community.
In the aftermath of the decision, questions of backpay and what part of agriculture will be targeted next have yet to be answered. Companion pieces of legislation SB 5172 and HB 1217 seek to remedy one of those questions.Read the entire blog
Will LCFS raise gas prices? California, Oregon, and WA budget agency say "yes."
In hearing, governor's representative claims LCFS won't increase gas prices, contradicting his own past statements
Imposing a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), as proposed by a bill in Olympia, will increase gas prices about 10 cents a gallon. Who says so? The state of Oregon does, where they have an LCFS. The state of California does, where they imposed an LCFS a decade ago. And, Stu Clark, the policy advisor at the Department of Ecology who represented Governor Inslee at last week’s hearing on the LCFS.Read the entire blog
Will a biofuel mandate create jobs and help farmers? A fact check.
The first hearing for the proposed low-carbon fuel mandate was last week. HB 1091 would require a reduction in reduction in the carbon-intensity of transportation fuels primarily by mixing biofuels with gasoline and diesel. This policy follows in the steps of California and Oregon, where the program has been more expensive than projected.
We will produce a thorough analysis of the legislation, but there are two claims from yesterday’s hearing that deserve an immediate fact check.Read the entire blog