October 26, 2015
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Governor appoints Roger Bairstow of Broetje Orchards to Washington State Health Insurance Pool board

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Roger Bairstow, director of human resources and corporate responsibility at Broetje Orchards, to serve on the board of the Washington State Health Insurance Pool. AWB submitted Bairstow's name for consideration.

Roger currently serves as an executive on Broetje Orchard’s managing board of directors, helping the company balance its business-as-ministry agenda. He supervises company-wide goals focused on business practices, employee outreach/services and corporate ethics. The department seeks to ensure long term business growth while measurably improving environmental and social impacts. As part of his oversight he also chairs the company's domestic ministries which include affordable housing operations, Snake River Housing Inc., C.A.S.A. LLC and Mano à Mano, a non-profit.

Prior to arriving at Broetje Orchards, he was an assistant professor with the Oregon State University Extension Service, where he initiated micro-enterprise programming and directed a local leadership development program for low-income and minority populations. Roger has worked in Oregon, Michigan and Pennsylvania implementing community economic development programming. He has eight years of experience conducting international development work in Senegal, Kenya, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Contact Sheri Nelson, AWB government affairs director for health care, to learn more.

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House Democrats Opposed Carbon Tax

Opposing Inslee's climate proposals is a bipartisan affair

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new carbon-emissions reduction plan and declared any lawmaker who opposes it a "fear monger." He said opponents are joining ranks with "the climate deniers." And he blamed Republicans in the Legislature this year for failing to act on his big plan to restrict and tax carbon.

Well, I don't think the governor is giving his own party enough credit. It wasn't the Republicans who killed his grandiose cap-and-trade proposal. Democrats killed it before the Republicans even had a chance. ...

People in both parties recognize there are big problems with these overweening schemes to remake our economy and our society. Democrats are as leery as anyone. It's just that most of us don't like to go public with our misgivings.

The latest development is that the governor is ordering the Department of Ecology to impose another poorly thought-out carbon program -- that's one way to avoid a vote of the Legislature. I'm not sure he will get away with it, but it's no wonder he's trying.

Even if we could change the world climate with an immediate reduction in carbon emissions, Washington simply doesn't produce enough to make a difference -- just two-tenths of one percent of global output annually. At best the governor's proposals would reduce a small fraction of that, and any reductions in this state will instantly be offset by increases on the other side of the globe.

Click here to read the full op-ed in Crosscut
Washington Benefits From the Ex-Im Bank

It's past time for Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

By The Yakima Herald-Republic's editorial board

Congressional representatives get paid to govern, not grandstand. It appears that enough House members recognize that reality, and now a key piece of legislation stands a legitimate chance of passing -- with great benefit to the Yakima Valley and Washington state.

The issue involves the Export-Import Bank, which Congress created in 1934 and has reauthorized 16 times in the ensuing decades. But a small minority in Congress this year held up reauthorization on the argument that it amounts to corporate welfare.

It is not so much welfare as it is a tool that enables companies, especially American companies, to conduct business across international borders.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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