January 15, 2018
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Manufacturers pushing Senate to approve Ex-Im board members

Manufacturers are keeping up the pressure on Senate Republicans to get the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank back up to running at full speed, The Hill reports.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-TX, to approve four nominees that would give the bank's board a voting quorum by the end of January.

"Doing so will be beneficial to manufacturers of all sizes and types that rely on the tools that the Ex-Im Bank provides and will advance U.S. competitiveness in the global economy at a critical moment when overseas opportunities are increasing at a renewed pace,” wrote Jay Timmons, NAM’s president and CEO, in the letter.

Meanwhile, The Yakima Herald-Republic said that a Senate panel's vote last month to reject one controversial nominee to serve as chair of the Ex-Im Bank's board was the right choice, and gives a "reset" for the bank among discussions in Congress.

Contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues, to learn more.

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Fix Hirst, Support Manufacturers

Support rural Washington

By The Wenatchee World Editorial Board

The Puget Sound region's economy is booming. But across the state, the post-recession economic recovery has been uneven. Much of rural Washington is still struggling, with higher rates of unemployment and comparatively modest economic gains.

Fixing Hirst and delivering tax relief to manufacturers will help expand our state's prosperity to rural counties.

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No sense in carbon tax

By The (Longview) Daily News Editorial Board

Gov. Inslee is urging legislators to pass a $20 per ton carbon tax during the current legislative session. We urge you to call your local legislators and tell them to vote "no" on carbon tax legislation.

If passed, money raised from a carbon tax reportedly would fund schools; provide incentives for renewable energy, such as solar energy; be applied to research for new clean technologies; manage storm water runoff; help prevent forest fires; and more.

While all of these issues are worthwhile, the effects of a carbon tax on citizens and businesses far outweighs the benefits, which is why we don't support the tax.

The governor's staff indicated a carbon tax likely will increase power rates 4 percent to 5 percent for electricity, 9 percent to 11 percent for natural gas and 6 percent to 9 percent for gasoline.

If a carbon tax law is passed, utilities such as the Cowlitz PUD, will be negatively impacted and we believe the power rate increases would be pushed much higher than the governor's staff estimates. Citizens and businesses can't afford those types of increases...

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