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Association Launches New Twitter Account Focused on Issue Advocacy

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties recently launched a new Twitter account dedicated solely to issue advocacy and housing. Using the handle @MBAKS_Voice, the new Twitter feed is meant to compliment the Association’s primary account, @MBAKingSno, which tweets about a broad range of housing industry topics.


Pending Fish Consumption Standard a Threat to All Washingtonians

If you don’t use any water, then you need not worry about pending regulations addressing the amount of fish consumed by Washington citizens. However, if you do use water – any water – you should know more about fish consumption standards and how increasing them will affect every business, government entity and citizen in the state.


Small-Lot and Microhousing Changes Discussed at Seattle Council Hearing

Last Friday, April 18, the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee held a public hearing on small-lot legislation and a briefing on proposed changes to microhousing. Unfortunately the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) small-lot legislation makes the code more confusing and would have the unintended consequence of preventing existing single-family residents from adding on to their homes.


Smart Growth Seattle Hires Roger Valdez as its Full-Time Director

Smart Growth Seattle today announced that Roger Valdez will be the full time director of the organization. It has also expanded its partnership to include the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and others.


Receive Up to $13,500 Back With L&I's Stay at Work Program

Labor & Industries' (L&I) "Stay at Work" program s a new financial incentive program that encourages employers to bring their injured workers quickly and safely back to light-duty or transitional work by reimbursing them for a portion of their costs. Your association recently had a Group Retrospective Insurance Program (GRIP) participant who received the full $10,000 reimbursement, so you will want to check this out!


Economic Forecast, 2nd Half of 2014: Increasing Momentum, Reduced Headwinds

Guest columnist and renowned economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, This gives an economic forecast for GDP, employment, inflation and a time-line for Fed action regarding short-term interest rates.