January 2, 2018
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AWB's annual Legislative Day and Hill Climb is Jan. 16

Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Ph.D., of the Employment Security Department and Patrick Jones of Eastern Washington University will be joined by other legislative and policy leaders during AWB’s informative Legislative Day that ends with our well-organized Hill Climb on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Olympia.

After panel discussions on education, tax and climate issues, Vance-Sherman and Jones will give the lunchtime keynote address to give insights, share information and offer an in-depth analysis on the economies on both sides of the state.

In the afternoon, attendees who have registered to take part in the Hill Climb portion of the event will be bussed to the Capitol to attend prearranged meetings with their members of the House and Senate. The day ends with a networking reception at the Hotel RL where attendees can mingle with agency leaders, state lawmakers and fellow employers.

Legislative Day is a valuable experience for employers who want to engage with the legislative process and share their ideas on policy solutions that create economic prosperity across the state.

Registration is now open. For more information on this event or to register, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.

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Rule of Law Matters

Washington's carbon overreach

By The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls climate change an "existential threat," and he has channeled President Obama in using executive powers to impose his policy response. But like Mr. Obama he suffered a major blow this month when a Washington court ruled that he exceeded his authority under state law.

Washington lawmakers have declined to pass Mr. Inslee's signature cap-and-trade legislation, and in 2016 voters rejected a carbon-tax ballot measure. So "now we have to do it administratively," the Sierra Club's Doug Howell said last year.

Mr. Inslee suddenly discovered authority to act unilaterally under the Washington Clean Air Act and a 2008 law that required greenhouse gas reductions...

And in a Dec. 15 oral ruling, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon found that the Inslee Administration lacked the legal authority to regulate indirect emitters.

The decision is a victory for the rule of law and another rebuke to progressives who try to ignore democratic consent to impose their climate agenda by regulatory fiat.

Read the full editorial in The Wall Street Journal
Innovation is Key to Carbon Reductions

Washington can have energy independence without economic damage of carbon tax

By State Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union

Here in the United States, Washington is the leading producer of hydroelectric power, contributing nearly one quarter of the nation's total hydro generation. We rank only behind California in terms of the amount of renewable energy we produce each year.

That is why it is so critical that as we continue to debate the merits of a carbon tax, we be mindful of the steps we have already taken toward establishing a greener economy. Proposing a carbon tax to fund education or increase general fund spending is the wrong approach.

I truly believe Washington can achieve energy independence one day, but we must be strategic in how we get there. Causing self-inflicted economic hardship along the way would be foolish.

Read the full column in The Olympian
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