October 26, 2015
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Board of Industrial Appeals looking for chair

The deadline is this Friday to apply for a six-year term as chair of the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA). AWB and the Washington State Labor Council are asking for resumes and references for those interested in this full-time position, which pays $130,000 per year.

The chair is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association. The chair and the BIIA's business and labor positions are full-time. The BIIA hears and decides disputes related to orders, decisions and awards of the Department of Labor & Industries.

Applicants must have knowledge and experience in industrial insurance law and practice, be familiar with the Washington Industrial Insurance Safety and Health Act (WISHA), and the Crime Victims Compensation Act; the ability to manage a staff of professional, administrative, and clerical employees; and the ability to develop and implement an $18.2 million annual budget.

The application deadline is this Friday.

Applicants should send a resume and references to:

Jeffrey G Johnson, President, WSLC, 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98114

and

Gary Chandler, Vice-President, AWB, PO Box 658, Olympia, WA 98507

Contact Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director for workplace issues, with questions.



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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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