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Spokesman Review: Spokane-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Jubilant-HollisterStier breaks ground on ‘huge’ expansion

Spokesman Review: Spokane-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Jubilant-HollisterStier breaks ground on ‘huge’ expansion

Construction began Wednesday on pharmaceutical manufacturer Jubilant HollisterStier’s $92 million expansion in Spokane that’s expected to create at least 200 new jobs. Jubilant HollisterStier makes pharmaceuticals used in the global fight against COVID-19, including vaccines and therapeutics. The company, a subsidiary of Jubilant Pharmma Limited, is the only such drug manufacturer in the state of Washington . The company has said the ...

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NCSL: Senator and Baseball Owner Calls Plays at Statehouse and Ballpark

NCSL: Senator and Baseball Owner Calls Plays at Statehouse and Ballpark

Colleagues of Washington Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig will forgive him if he uses baseball metaphors in his speeches. Billig (D) is also a part owner of the Spokane Indians, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. In fact, his staff sometimes uses baseball phrases to communicate with him. “I had a senior staff member who was ...

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GSI Connect Magazine: The Legislature evolved with a new reality

GSI Connect Magazine: The Legislature evolved with a new reality

The date was March 13, 2020, and Senator Andy Billig was driving home from Olympia when he got a call saying all Washington schools were going to shut down because of COVID. It was the end of the legislative session – a time Billig said he usually looks forward to because he gets a chance to reflect on the hectic session, ...

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Spokesman Review: Sen. Billig, Rep. Ormsby, and Rep. Riccelli: Focus on key priorities made historic 2021 session a success

Spokesman Review: Sen. Billig, Rep. Ormsby, and Rep. Riccelli: Focus on key priorities made historic 2021 session a success

By Sen. Andy Billig, Rep. Timm Ormsby and Rep. Marcus Riccelli When a crisis bears down, you can panic, ignore it and hope for the best, or confront it head-on. We chose to confront the COVID-19 pandemic with every available legislative tool to protect and help workers, families, and small businesses that were hit hardest. That’s the story of the 2021 legislative session, ...

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The Spokesman-Review: Spin Control: Native American mascot bill points to something Spokane did well

The Spokesman-Review: Spin Control: Native American mascot bill points to something Spokane did well

Although I’ve never been a big believer in the Cascade Curtain, more than a decade in Olympia has taught me that there is a certain West Side bias that results in somewhat rare recognition, let alone praise, for things Eastern Washington does right. So it was a pleasant surprise last week, when debate over a bill to restrict the use of ...

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Inlander: Unemployment costs spiked for employers hit hard by shutdowns, but Washington lawmakers have approved help

Inlander: Unemployment costs spiked for employers hit hard by shutdowns, but Washington lawmakers have approved help

Last spring, a pandemic the likes of which the world hadn't seen in a century forced leaders to shutter their economies in ways few people living today had ever experienced. The impacts were swift. Soon after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered people to stay home and restricted in-person services of nearly all kinds in March, the state saw a sudden, unprecedented ...

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The Spokesman-Review: Commission starts work of redrawing district lines in Washington state

The Spokesman-Review: Commission starts work of redrawing district lines in Washington state

Washington’s once-in-a-decade process of redrawing congressional and legislative district boundaries gets underway Wednesday, with the first official meeting of the state Redistricting Commission. The four appointed commissioners – one each named by the leader of a legislative caucus – will have about 10 months to rearrange the state’s 10 congressional districts and 49 legislative districts to reflect changes in population that ...

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The Daily World: 'Our work is not finished'

The Daily World: 'Our work is not finished'

State legislators have released their first plans for COVID-19 relief, an early action effort they hope will bring assistance to businesses and families within the next few weeks. House and Senate Democrats released a $2.2 billion proposal that would provide business assistance grants, school assistance and rental assistance, as well as fund vaccine administration, COVID-19 testing, and business and operation tax ...

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Crosscut: Washington state unveils $2.2 billion COVID relief plan

Crosscut: Washington state unveils $2.2 billion COVID relief plan

Washington state lawmakers plan to swiftly pass a $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief package that focuses on getting people vaccinated, reopening K-12 schools and helping renters, homeowners and small businesses pay their bills. The spending plan would mostly distribute money that the federal government has already sent the state for pandemic relief. But by approving the measure now, as opposed to waiting for ...

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The Daily News: Washington State Legislature's Democratic leaders propose $2.2 billion Covic-19 relief packages for vaccines, businesses and schools

The Daily News: Washington State Legislature's Democratic leaders propose $2.2 billion Covic-19 relief packages for vaccines, businesses and schools

Democrats in the Washington State Legislature released a $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief package today that would expand testing and vaccine availability, extend support to schools, provide grants for small business plus housing and food assistance for individuals. The proposals are scheduled to receive hearings in the House and Senate next week. The overall relief package includes separate legislation that provides unemployment ...

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