November 6, 2017
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U.S. House releases look at tax reform proposal

The U.S. House Ways & Means chair released the "chairman's mark" of the federal tax reform plan on Thursday. While changes are likely during the legislative process, this is the first tax bill that has been released by a tax-writing committee.

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U.S. House passes Resilient Federal Forests Act, 'but support is minimal'

An "internal congressional battle" is aflame over wildfire management reform, The Columbian reports. While the U.S. House approved the Resilient Federal Forests Act last week, the White House opposes the bill as written. Still, there is widespread agreement that wildfire funding is flawed and needs to be fixed.

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Manufacturing Week Tour

Manufacturing is huge in Washington. Let's celebrate -- and invest in it

By Kate Lampson and Kris Johnson

Manufacturing has a long history in Washington and it has a great story to tell: In Benton County, careers in manufacturing pay an average annual wage of $55,701, $50,575 in Walla Walla County and almost $41,000 in Franklin County. Not bad for jobs that often require no more than a trade certificate or a two-year degree. It also has a multiplier of three -- for every one job created in manufacturing, another three jobs are created elsewhere.

That's a good return on investment, but the sector faces some headwinds.

As manufacturing comes on a national resurgence, Washington's sector has lost about 48,000 jobs since 2000 -- the vast majority of which are non-aerospace jobs.

Clearly, more can be done to support good-paying manufacturing jobs here and across the state.

Read the full column in The Tri-City Herald
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