Secretary of State’s Office responds to concerns over possible illegal electioneering

(OLYMPIA)- The Washington Office of the Secretary of State issued the following response to concerns of potential illegal activity to influence voters in the 42nd Legislative District. Concerns emerged after a candidate running in the district posted a photo on Facebook of a ballot wrapped between a campaign mail piece. “The Office of the Secretary of State takes allegations of illegal electioneering or misconduct seriously, which is why we have requested the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Postal Service, and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate. Until those federal investigations have concluded and we have     (read more)

Revenue to expand Voluntary Disclosure Program

(OLYMPIA)- The Department of Revenue will relax eligibility requirements for participation in the Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) program, which allows unregistered businesses to come forward voluntarily to register and pay prior tax obligations. Revenue is temporarily expanding the criteria for the VDA, effective July 15, 2020, through Nov. 30, 2020, to encourage more unregistered businesses to voluntarily come forward to register and pay past and future tax liabilities. Participation was previously limited to those businesses that never registered with or reported taxes to the state, and those that had never been contacted for enforcement purposes. Under the temporary expansion, businesses are eligible if     (read more)

Skagit County, EDASC now accepting applications for countywide small business grant program

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County, with the help of EDASC, is now accepting applications for the second round of funding of the Skagit County Small Business Grant Program, designed to support small businesses and nonprofits adversely impacted by COVID-19. Funding for the opportunity is provided by the County through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act. EDASC is administering the small business grant program. The county expects to award approximately $750,000 during this round, with amounts up to $25,000 per business depending on the number of employees. Visit EDASC’s website at or     (read more)

Skagit County Commissioners awards $163,884 in grant funding to local businesses, announces second small business grant round

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- On Friday, the Skagit County Commissioners awarded 30 Skagit County businesses a total of $163,884, with awards of up to $9,000 dollars each. They also announced an open round of the Skagit County Small Business Grant program, designed to help local businesses keep their doors open, retain jobs, and comply with COVID-19 prevention public health and safety measures. With small businesses serving as the backbone of Skagit County’s local economy, the Commissioners were thrilled to approve the first round of much-needed grant funding. “Small businesses have been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis caused by COVID-19," said Skagit     (read more)

State launches Washington Listens program to support people affected by the stress of COVID-19

(OLYMPIA)- In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic. People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get connected to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous. “Washington Listens helps people cope and strengthen their resiliency in these uncertain times,” said Sue Birch, director of the Washington State Health Care Authority, the agency managing the program. “It complements the state’s behavioral health response services by providing an outlet for people     (read more)