October 26, 2015
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Lawmakers, unions, employers highlights vital role of Washington's ports far beyond our state's borders

Washington, Wyoming and Montana lawmakers from both parties and leaders from business and labor visited the Millennium Bulk Terminals site in Longview and the working Seattle waterfront last week to push for an issue that united people from all corners of America and every side of the political spectrum: high-paying jobs from a modern export infrastructure.
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Members of local chamber Grassroots Alliance meet with AWB in Richland

The new collaboration between AWB and the state's local and ethnic chambers of commerce is thriving. More than 30 local chamber heads met with AWB policy and communications staff last week in the Tri-Cities to review the Grassroots Alliance and plan for its expansion.
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Study: Loss of blue-collar middle class jobs is hurting Seattle

While Seattle's high-tech boom is well-known, it comes at a cost. The city is losing global competitiveness because of its loss of blue-collar jobs, according to a new study commissioned by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
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Two weeks away: Reserve your spot for the Nov. 12 Manufacturing Summit; sponsorship opportunities close this Friday

The AWB and AWB Institute's Manufacturing Summit takes place Nov. 12 at the Crowne Plaza in SeaTac. This year's event will highlight the high-tech and new manufacturing fields, including drones, and will feature Schilling Cider's story of taking their business from the garage to a global operation. Registration is now open, but sponsorship opportunities close at week's end.
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Election update: Schools chief Dorn won't run for reelection; further legislative races announced

Randy Dorn announced last week that won't run for a third term as the state's superintendent of public instruction, although he didn't rule out future political races. Meanwhile, new lawmakers were appointed in the 19th Legislative District and other races are developing around the state. Read more »

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House Democrats Opposed Carbon Tax

Opposing Inslee's climate proposals is a bipartisan affair

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new carbon-emissions reduction plan and declared any lawmaker who opposes it a "fear monger." He said opponents are joining ranks with "the climate deniers." And he blamed Republicans in the Legislature this year for failing to act on his big plan to restrict and tax carbon.

Well, I don't think the governor is giving his own party enough credit. It wasn't the Republicans who killed his grandiose cap-and-trade proposal. Democrats killed it before the Republicans even had a chance. ...

People in both parties recognize there are big problems with these overweening schemes to remake our economy and our society. Democrats are as leery as anyone. It's just that most of us don't like to go public with our misgivings.

The latest development is that the governor is ordering the Department of Ecology to impose another poorly thought-out carbon program -- that's one way to avoid a vote of the Legislature. I'm not sure he will get away with it, but it's no wonder he's trying.

Even if we could change the world climate with an immediate reduction in carbon emissions, Washington simply doesn't produce enough to make a difference -- just two-tenths of one percent of global output annually. At best the governor's proposals would reduce a small fraction of that, and any reductions in this state will instantly be offset by increases on the other side of the globe.

Click here to read the full op-ed in Crosscut
Washington Benefits From the Ex-Im Bank

It's past time for Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

By The Yakima Herald-Republic's editorial board

Congressional representatives get paid to govern, not grandstand. It appears that enough House members recognize that reality, and now a key piece of legislation stands a legitimate chance of passing -- with great benefit to the Yakima Valley and Washington state.

The issue involves the Export-Import Bank, which Congress created in 1934 and has reauthorized 16 times in the ensuing decades. But a small minority in Congress this year held up reauthorization on the argument that it amounts to corporate welfare.

It is not so much welfare as it is a tool that enables companies, especially American companies, to conduct business across international borders.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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