January 15, 2018
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SEL founder Edmund O. Schweitzer III: 'It's time to do the right thing for Dreamers'

In an op-ed published yesterday in The Spokesman-Review, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) President Edmund O. Schweitzer III called on Congress to turn the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (or DACA) into solid law. The million young people who were brought to America as children deserve solid legal statue and an end to uncertainty, he said. He also called for improvement to what he called America's "broken, bureaucratic, burdensome immigration practices. It's not a system; it's a shame."

He said that immigrants bring intellect, talent and creativity from around the world, energizing and enriching America.

SEL recently joined 115 other business leaders in signing a Coalition for the American Dream letter urging congressional leaders to act this week to pass bipartisan legislation offering DACA recipients a practical path forward.

"SEL currently has employees working under DACA who are valuable contributors to our company as they help us to meet our mission of making electric power safer, more reliable and more economical," he wrote. "Their work not only benefits SEL and our employee owners, but also the local communities we serve, our customers, and the growth of the broader U.S. economy."

The full op-ed is available online here.

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Fix Hirst, Support Manufacturers

Support rural Washington

By The Wenatchee World Editorial Board

The Puget Sound region's economy is booming. But across the state, the post-recession economic recovery has been uneven. Much of rural Washington is still struggling, with higher rates of unemployment and comparatively modest economic gains.

Fixing Hirst and delivering tax relief to manufacturers will help expand our state's prosperity to rural counties.

Read the full editorial in The Wenatchee World
Costly and Unnecessary

No sense in carbon tax

By The (Longview) Daily News Editorial Board

Gov. Inslee is urging legislators to pass a $20 per ton carbon tax during the current legislative session. We urge you to call your local legislators and tell them to vote "no" on carbon tax legislation.

If passed, money raised from a carbon tax reportedly would fund schools; provide incentives for renewable energy, such as solar energy; be applied to research for new clean technologies; manage storm water runoff; help prevent forest fires; and more.

While all of these issues are worthwhile, the effects of a carbon tax on citizens and businesses far outweighs the benefits, which is why we don't support the tax.

The governor's staff indicated a carbon tax likely will increase power rates 4 percent to 5 percent for electricity, 9 percent to 11 percent for natural gas and 6 percent to 9 percent for gasoline.

If a carbon tax law is passed, utilities such as the Cowlitz PUD, will be negatively impacted and we believe the power rate increases would be pushed much higher than the governor's staff estimates. Citizens and businesses can't afford those types of increases...

Read the full editorial in The Daily News
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