January 29, 2018
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FedEx, Starbucks among latest employers to pass tax break on to employees

Corporate icons FedEx and Starbucks are two of the latest companies to take the savings from the recent federal tax cuts and pass them on to their employees.

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USDA Secretary of Agriculture releases administration's priorities for 2018 Farm Bill

Farm production, exports and crop insurance are some of the top priorities of the newly-released legislative priorities from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Trump says he would re-enter TPP trade deal if it's made 'substantially better'

Speaking to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, the president opened the door to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but it may be too late.

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Rep. Reichert 'optimistic' after weekend meeting on NAFTA renegotiations in Montreal

Work continues to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement. Over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-WA, led a congressional delegation to Montreal to meet with negotiators from all three countries in the trade pact.

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Administration applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

The president has approved new tariffs on imported solar panels and large washing machines, and Mexico and China have expressed dissatisfaction.

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State of the Union preview: Expect a focus on immigration, infrastructure, trade and national security

The president's first State of the Union Address will reportedly highlight agenda focusing on immigration, infrastructure, trade, and national security.

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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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