January 29, 2018
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2018 Redbook now available in print and online

For nearly 20 years now, AWB has worked with the Washington Research Council and others to publish the Competitiveness Redbook. The handbook is a guide to Washington’s economic health that compares our state to other states on a variety of metrics to give us a sense of how we’re doing.

The newest version of the Redbook, with the latest information and context, is now available in both a pocket-size print version and a mobile-friendly online version.

The recently published 2018 Redbook shows many strengths, including growth in the state’s GDP and high-tech employment, but it shows some familiar challenges, too. Washington remains a high-cost state for business, with employers paying 57.6 percent of all state and local taxes.

Check out the new Redbook here and use passcode 18555. For a print version, contact us by phone at 360.943-1600 or email.

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Not the Solution

Look to B.C. for evidence carbon tax doesn't work

By Brier Dudley

If Washington wants to reduce pollution and fare better on its climate-change goals, it should reject Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed carbon tax.

Instead, the state should put its efforts into environmental regulations that directly and measurably reduce harmful emissions.

As proposed, the carbon tax is a grab bag of handouts for the powerful and politically connected, funded by a steep new tax largely on the middle class. Many of the handouts have dubious benefits in reducing emissions.

Carbon taxes also don't work as promised. North America's first such tax, in neighboring British Columbia, is failing to reduce emissions.

Emissions from driving are rising faster than population growth in B.C., despite a carbon tax higher than Inslee's proposal...

Read the full column The Seattle Times
Snake River Dams

Washington's dams balance clean energy needs, fish protections

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Construction of the four Lower Snake River dams -- Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite -- began in 1962. Back then, the focus was on the efficient production of energy, transporting goods and supplying water to Washington's vibrant agricultural sector.

Today, the dams produce 40 percent of the region's energy through clean hydropower generation, support agricultural production and transportation, and improve our quality of life by lifting the economy and supporting recreation. They are also integral to flood control.

Equally critical, they support healthy fish and wildlife populations and their complex life cycles, thanks to a series of improvements to the dams set out in Federal Columbia River Power System's (FCRPS) 2014 biological opinion, or BiOp...

Read the full guest column in The Spokesman-Review
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