State senator tackles ports’ economic impact

July 6, 2010

By Staff

State Sen. Cheryl Pflug and other legislators plan to study the impact of ports on the Washington economy, the lieutenant governor announced last week.

Pflug has been appointed to the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations, a group led by Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.

Pflug and 13 other lawmakers will hear about operations, challenges and opportunities in the 75 port districts throughout Washington. The group meets July 9 in Tacoma.

Pflug, a Maple Valley Republican, has represented Issaquah in the Senate since 2004.

“As one of the most trade-dependent states in the United States, Washington has a huge stake in international trade,” Owen said in a statement. “Thousands of jobs are tied to it across many sectors, and much of our economic success depends on the successful operation of our ports.”

Watch the ports meeting on the statewide public affairs network, TVW, starting July 12 at 7 p.m., or online at

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