November 27, 2017
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'You'll still see the same Avista' after shareholders approve sale to Hydro One

Avista shareholders overwhelmingly approved the company's merger with Hydro One of Canada last week. Avista CEO Scott Morris called the deal a "merger of equals" that will see Avista continue to be headquartered in Spokane, with increased community giving and involvement.

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Port of Kalama files appeal in support of methanol facility

The Port of Kalama has filed a lawsuit asking the Cowlitz County Superior Court to reverse a state decision that would revoke key shorelines permits for a $1.8 billion methanol plant. The permits, issued in February, were later taken back after a hearings board decided that the plant must address the global environmental impacts of its products shipped to and used in other countries.

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Five Republicans vie for seat of retiring Sen. Kirk Pearson

The Herald looks at the candidates who are looking to fill the empty state Senate seat left when longtime legislator Kirk Pearson took a job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Walmart pre-orders 15 all-electric Tesla semi-trucks

Walmart will test the new Tesla electric semi tractor-trailer in America and Canada. The company pre-ordered 15 of the all-electric semi-trucks after they were unveiled by Tesla founder Elon Musk.

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State regulatory agencies are killing our jobs

By John Stuhlmiller, Washington Farm Bureau, and Lee Newgent, Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council

The time has come to have "the talk" about Washington's economy and the role of government.

In a nutshell, it's not working.

For months now, regulatory agencies have been taking action that is basically killing jobs and private investment in our state. This has occurred in communities outside of Seattle and King County, where the economy has been slower to recover and tech jobs are few and far between...

In Longview, the Department of Ecology usurped five years of state regulatory process, denying Millennium Bulk Terminals a water quality permit for a proposed export terminal based on criteria wholly unrelated to water quality...

Another major regulatory hurdle interestingly also involving Ecology: the Hirst fix. This fight over water resources has held up the state's $4.2 billion capital budget for months now, putting construction for residential homes, K-12 schools and mental health facilities on hold -- along with the local jobs those projects create. This is to say nothing of the impact on rural landowners who find themselves with land, and wells, they cannot use.

Absent clarity from the state, this stalemate will likely drift on, leaving rural communities in the lurch...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Necessary to Compete Overseas

America needs a strong Ex-Im Bank

By Meghan Milloy, director of financial services policy at American Action Forum

A fully functional Ex-Im Bank is important to strengthen American competitiveness abroad. There are 27 countries that require support from an export credit agency before they will even consider a bid from an international company.

When Congress allowed Ex-Im's authority to expire in 2015, General Electric announced that it was forced to move 500 jobs to France as a direct result of lost export credit agency support, as 80 percent of its total sales for aviation-related turbines came from those 27 countries over the past three years. Many of the commercial aircraft deals awarded to Airbus, in contrast, benefitted from France's export credit agency...

If U.S. companies do not have a fully functional Ex-Im Bank, barring them from competing for many projects in these major markets, we can expect to see more jobs move overseas.

For an administration with an "America first" agenda, it is imperative that the remaining board nominees be confirmed, and that Ex-Im has a president who will support sufficient levels of export credit to keep jobs and companies in the United States.

Read the full op-ed in The Hill
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