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Hear from apprenticeship advocate at AWB Institute Workforce Summit March 21 in Bellevue



From employment law, best practices, and ideas for how to successfully recruit, train and keep your workforce, the need for expertise and innovation is a daily reality for employers.

After positive feedback from last year's first-ever Workforce Summit, AWB Institute will again be bringing together innovative people, ideas and practices at a March 21 event at the Hilton Bellevue.

The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Matt Poischbeg, vice president and general manager at Sea-Lect Plastics in Everett. For a taste of the enthusiasm and insight he'll bring, check out his TEDx Talk.

Last year's summit looked at ways to debunk generational stereotypes in the workplace and offered practical tips on the latest workplace rules, best practices for the digital generation, how to recruit and retain the best talent, and much more.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Workforce Summit -- register today!



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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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