Morning Press Cantwell and oil County fee waiver CRC audit
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell shakes hands at Vancouver City Hall Wednesday. She was in town to hear from small businesses, and also talked with The Columbian’s editorial board about the proposed oil terminal. Will it be dry for Petey Cottontail? Check out the local weather forecast here.Here are some of the week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Cantwell airs oil terminal concernsGov. Jay Inslee, who will have the ultimate say over the construction of what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver, hasn’t taken a stand on the project. But members of the state’s congressional delegation are weighing in.U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was in Vancouver on Tuesday and stopped to visit with The Columbian’s editorial board.Cantwell was asked if she were a Vancouver resident, would she support building the oil-handling facility?“It wouldn’t be something I would be promoting,” she said.She said safety is one of her foremost concerns. In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this month, Cantwell, along with other senators, called for more federal dollars going toward addressing safety issues related to transporting crude oil by rail.“We’re certainly willing to introduce legislation to put requirements on rail car safety because we don’t think it exists now and we’re not waiting for a voluntary system. We’re not waiting for these guys to get their act together,” Cantwell said. “We’re going to push this year.”Read the full story here.County seeks data on fee-waiver programWaiving fees on new commercial development is expected to cost Clark County, but that hasn’t stopped the program’s top supporter from directing staff to look more closely at how such waivers could pencil out.Commissioner David Madore is asking staff to query new business owners about what they expect their future gross taxable revenue will be. Those figures, in part, are intended to show whether the fee-waiver program will be successful, with the new tax revenue offsetting the waived fees, or whether it will cut into the county’s coffers.