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Letter to the Editor: Big thanks to county officials

To the editor:

Starting a small business is tough. And the last thing a business owner needs is unwarranted and unnecessary interference from the government, especially a government whose state you have no intention of doing business in.

Thankfully, Wasco County is fortunate to have two business champions in Commissioner Rod Runyon and State Representative John Huffman to help business owners like myself “fight city hall.” How these two gentlemen helped me I’d like to share and give due credit.

After obtaining my Oregon State License and bond for my new handyman service, I placed ads (which clearly stated I was licensed and bonded in Oregon) in The Dalles Chronicle. The ads appeared in affiliate newspapers of the Chronicle, including newspapers in Washington State.

Shortly after the ads ran, I was contacted by the Washington State Department of Labor who promptly issued me a citation and fine for marketing my services in Washington State without their licenses. Much to their credit, The Dalles Chronicle wrote the Washington State Department of Labor explaining the error and more importantly said that I should be held harmless. This did not stop the Washington Department of Labor who continued with the citation and $1,000 fine.

Enter Commissioner Runyon and Representative Huffman. After hearing my story Commissioner Runyon arranged a meeting with Representative Huffman. Within hours of our meeting, Representative Huffman contacted key players in Oregon and ultimately in Washington. A few days later (and I imagine several e-mails, phone calls and faxes) the Washington Department of Labor retracted the fine and citation.

Bottom line for me is I am very thankful we have elected officials like Commissioner Runyon and Representative Huffman who can “right the wrongs” and see that justice prevails.

Thank you both.

Jose Morales

Blue Angle Handyman Services


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