February 3, 2020
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Proposed bill would create a statewide manufacturing work group

Manufacturing is a cornerstone of Washington's economy and its local communities. To help support and encourage the growth of manufacturing in Washington, AWB is asking employers to voice their support for House Bill 2879. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, has a hearing in the House Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Committee on Tuesday at 10 a.m., with a possible committee vote the next day.

AWB supports this bill and is looking for manufacturers to come testify in support of this proposal, which creates the Washington State Manufacturing Work Group.

The purpose of the work group is to promote economic development in all of Washington's counties through a comprehensive assessment of policy recommendations that will lead to improvement in the regulatory conditions, infrastructure, and workforce development resources that support the growth and sustainability of the manufacturing sector.

To learn more about the bill, or to arrange to come testify, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Tommy Gantz.

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Removing Snake River dams is misguided approach to saving orcas

By Todd Myers and Steve Martin

The struggle to increase salmon populations and help Southern Resident killer whales will be won or lost through recovery projects across the state, perhaps most importantly in Puget Sound.

That simple, scientific reality should guide salmon recovery in Washington. Distractions, like the destruction of the Snake River dams, will end up harming salmon, orcas and those who care about them.

The science is clear that Puget Sound is the most important source of food for starving orcas. NOAA Fisheries and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife ranked their sources of food for orca and found that the Puget Sound, Strait of Georgia, the Lower Columbia and the Fraser rivers are the top priorities. The Snake River ranked ninth.

This is why NOAA Fisheries has repeatedly concluded that destroying the four lower Snake River dams would have a "marginal" impact on orca recovery, despite a very high cost...

Todd Myers is a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and environmental director of the Washington Policy Center in Seattle. Steve Martin previously served as executive coordinator of Gov. Jay Inslee's Salmon Recovery Office.

Read the full op-ed in The News Tribune