November 3, 2014
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Manufacturing Summit points to a prosperous made-in-America future

There's a lot to love about Washington's manufacturing sector, as attendees learned at last week's Manufacturing Summit.

The good news ranges from Boeing, which has increased its Washington employee headcount to 81,000 this year from 53,000 a decade ago, to Walmart, which has pledged to increase its purchase of made-in-America goods by $250 billion over the next decade. Add to these the kinds of innovation seen through high-tech innovations like 3-D printing, biotech and high-tech, and the message is clear: Washington is a state of opportunity.

At the same time, there are headwinds. Wendy Sancewich of McGladrey, releasing the 2014 Monitor report, noted that complex regulations continue to pose the greatest challenge and risk for continued expansion of Washington's manufacturing sector. Kellie Johnson, whose family-owned aerospace company makes parts for air and space craft, said public perception needs to change if manufacturing is to get its due.

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Debate climate policies without undue influence from people like Tom Steyer

By Sam Reed, former Washington secretary of state

Some might wonder why there is such a fuss about Tom Steyer, the San Francisco hedge-fund billionaire who has spent $1.4 million this election season in an attempt to change control of the Washington state Senate. This isn't the first time we’ve seen out-of-state interests spending heavily to influence the outcome of elections in this state.

But what's at stake is more than just an election. Steyer's spending calls attention to a thorough political effort to promote climate-change policies in this state, which, if not implemented wisely, have the potential to wreak havoc on the Washington economy.

These policies could have a devastating impact on every citizen of Washington, in the form of higher fuel prices, higher electricity rates, job loss and other effects..
Click here for the full editorial by Sam Reed in The Seattle Times
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