January 29, 2018
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Washington Research Council takes a deeper look at four-year outlook on governor's budget proposal

A new policy brief by the Washington Research Council looks at the budget outlook adopted by the state's Revenue Forecast Council last week regarding the governor's proposed budget. That document departed from precedent by including the governor's proposed carbon tax. Fortunately, the council stuck with the state's important four-year balanced budget requirement in its analysis.

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Health care industry to benefit by $31 billion from provision that ended federal government shutdown

The deal that ended a short government shutdown last week also included a provision that will suspend or delay three health insurance taxes that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Health care and insurance providers will see a $31 billion benefit.

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Ex-Boeing executive Ray Conner joins Alaska Air board

Ray Conner, the former president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has joined the board of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Virgin America. Alaska Air Group said the appointment affirms the company's commitment to its Northwest roots.

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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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