February 26, 2018
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RiverPartners releases new video in CleanHydro campaign

The Columbia and Snake river system's hydroelectric dams provide more than half of the electricity used in Washington, and do so without emitting any carbon. Maintenance and ongoing utilization of the Pacific Northwest's hydro system is a key part of fighting climate change, Northwest RiverPartners says in a new animated video called "The Renewable Recipe of the Pacific Northwest."

The video, available on YouTube, was developed as part of RiverPartners' CleanHydro public education campaign.

The video highlights that Northwest salmon runs have been increasing dramatically over the past 15 years thanks to major investments in the region's hydroelectric dams.

"As the earth heats up, we're lucky to have hydropower to help keep our carbon levels low," the video concludes. "The Northwest is protecting salmon while preserving our quality of life and most abundant source of home-grown, carbon-free energy. To successfully combat climate change, we need hydro, now more than ever."

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All Manufacturers Need Relief

Manufacturing jobs key to all of our communities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.

The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.

Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.

Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.

The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...

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