Telephone Town Hall highlights on Grays Harbor issues
Last night, Representatives Steve Tharinger and Kevin Van De Wege spoke directly to residents of the 24th Legislative District, and questions regarding Grays Harbor received multiple calls.
“Sherry” from Grays Harbor called, asking the representatives about the high unemployment locally and what is being done to counteract that.
Representative Tharinger said, it’s not that easy, and that there is not just one answer to spur economic development.
Representative Van De Wege said that with the timber industry being a large part of local commerce, they are offering tax incentives to bring in new business. He said that they are also focusing on the local tourism and parks to bring more money into the area for improvement.
“Blair” called to ask the Representatives their thoughts on crude by rail, and the possibilities of it coming into the Port of Grays Harbor. Her concern was the number of accidents from crude oil trains over the last year and the impact to communities.
The representatives said that there has been an increase in rail traffic due to Bakken fracking, and the only way they would put support behind a local facility would be with extra safety measures.