October 26, 2015
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U.S. Chamber, NAM file lawsuit challenging EPA's greenhouse gas emissions regulations

More than a dozen business groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Chamber calls the rule costly, unlawful, a bad deal for America and "an unprecedented takeover of the electricity sector." A group of 24 states have also filed suit against the rule.
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Business leaders form new group, Challenge Seattle, to encourage improvements

The Seattle Times calls it the region's new "Legion of Boom." Challenge Seattle is a new collaboration of chief executives from Microsoft, Boeing Commercial Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Weyerhaeuser, Amazon, Costco, Puget Sound Energy and other top regional employers working to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the greater Seattle area.
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Board of Industrial Appeals looking for chair

AWB and the Washington State Labor Council are seeking applications for those interested in appointment as chair of the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA). This important position is a six-year term overseeing the BIIA, a quasi-judicial agency overseeing workers' compensation disputes and other issues. Applicants must be members of the bar, and applications for this full-time position are due by this Friday. Read more »

Governor appoints Roger Bairstow of Broetje Orchards to Washington State Health Insurance Pool board

Roger Bairstow has been appointed to serve on the board of the Washington State Health Insurance Pool. Bairstow is director of human resources and corporate responsibility at Broetje Orchards.
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Obama administration approves part of wildfire disaster declaration

The federal government will pay for some, but perhaps not all, local governments and tribes for part of their costs from this summer's record wildfire season.
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Airline to offer round-trip daily flights from Sea-Tac to Moses Lake and Port Angeles

SeaPort, a small Portland-based airline, will begin offering daily flights from Sea-Tac to Port Angeles and Moses Lake starting March 1.
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Symposium on Oct. 29 will talk about state of Washington's labor market and occupational projections

Learn about how Washington's workforce is projected to match with employer demand and labor market supply at a free symposium being held Oct. 29 by the Employment Security Department.
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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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