May 20, 2019
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AWB's HealthChoice plan includes access to meQuilibrium, a personalized resilience-building program

Through the AWB HealthChoice plan, not only does your company get exceptional medical benefits, the plan also includes benefits that can help empower employees so that they can be their best. At no extra cost, all HealthChoice plans include access to meQuilibrium, a personalized resilience building program designed to help people tap into their most powerful selves by addressing unique thinking styles — the ones that help and the ones that hold you back from feeling good and living with purpose.

The meQuilibrium program is unique in that it goes beyond just providing tips to reduce stress but concentrates on helping individuals:

  • Achieve balance and calm
  • Improve sleep
  • Feel more focused and think clearly
  • Shift pessimistic thinking and feel better about what’s ahead
  • Conquer the chaos of life’s demands

The program is completely private and confidential.

meQuilibrium is designed to fit into a busy lifestyle and includes an assessment, short videos and interactive tools that can be done at a person’s own pace—even in just five minutes!

Participants can access the program anytime on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

The personalized program is based on over 20 years of research in positive psychology, resilience training and integrative medicine spearheaded by psychologist Andrew Shatté, Ph.D., and Adam Perlman, M.D.

You can access meQuilibrium by going to and following the simple steps to register. If you have any questions, please call Helen Siggins at 206-397-4615, ext. 1.

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Moving Backward

Gov. Inslee is wrong to flip-flop on liquefied natural-gas facility in Tacoma

By The Seatte Times Editorial Board

Gov. Jay Inslee is doing an outstanding job staying on message in his presidential campaign, making climate change his signature issue and a focus of the primaries.

But Inslee went too far last week when he pulled support for a project in Tacoma that will cut emissions and create jobs.

Early in his governorship, Inslee championed the Tacoma liquefied natural-gas (LNG) facility. That pragmatic, nuanced approach provided certainty for local companies to commit more than $500 million to a project that will substantially reduce emissions from ships sailing between Puget Sound and Alaska.

That stance no longer jibes with the current mantra of his far-left environmental base, which now advocates for halting additional fossil-fuel consumption. It also had put Inslee in conflict with one of the state's wealthiest tribes, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, which opposed the project.

Moving goal posts late in the game may discourage companies from innovating and investing in cleaner ways of doing business, at least in Washington....

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
A New Challenge for Border Towns

Lawmakers changed the sales tax exemption. Will Oregon residents still want to shop Tri-Cities?

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

Of all the new, last-minute tax measures approved by the Legislature two weeks ago, one in particular likely will cause headaches for Mid-Columbia retailers in coming months.

Oregon residents will no longer get a sales tax exemption right away at a Tri-Cities checkout counter.

Thanks to ESSB 5997, out-of-state shoppers will have to pay the sales tax upfront, save their receipts and file for a one-time, yearly reimbursement from the state of Washington.

They will qualify only if the amount they are requesting exceeds $25.

Clay Hill, government affairs director for the Association of Washington Business, said approval of ESSB 5997 was "especially disheartening" because there was a unified voice of opposition by business and retail organizations.

Democratic lawmakers are betting they will raise $53 million for a two-year budget from out-of-state shoppers who don't turn in their paperwork or who don't meet the $25 minimum threshold.

But it is the border communities that will pay the biggest price for the tax grab, and it isn't right to put the burden primarily on the edges of the state.

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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