Our elected officials in Olympia should be looking towards the future to find solutions for future budgetary shortfalls. We need to support private investment and economic expansion in our state.
Washington is a leader in exports – for now. More than 40 percent of jobs in our state are related to export industries. It is our export industries that sustain our economy, and provide the funding to enhance infrastructure and improve public schools.
More exports mean a stronger state. The Washington Farm Bureau has noted that port expansion proposals being debated right now to ship coal, agriculture and timber products would create new opportunities and revenue for other Washington trade industries as well.
The opportunity to make Washington a more competitive trade hub cannot be ignored. The investment from products like coal will provide our state an opportunity for long-term economic growth.
(Murray is president of Murray Pacific Corp.)