September 23, 2019
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New cross-laminated timber facility in Spokane Valley shows promise of engineered lumber

The new Katerra cross-laminated timber production facility in Spokane Valley is good news for rural economies, the environment and for builders. AWB President Kris Johnson joined Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and many others to tour the new engineered lumber plant during its opening last week.

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Alisha Benson named CEO at GSI

Alisha Benson was named CEO of Greater Spokane, Inc. after former CEO Todd Mielke's resignation last week. Mielke, who led GSI for three years, said he would seek other professional opportunities.

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Puget Sound Energy says proposal to ban natural gas places region at risk

A natural gas ban on new construction in Seattle is really about eliminating natural gas as an energy source, and starting that conversation without planning puts the whole region at risk, a Puget Sound Energy official told talk radio hosts recently.

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Clark County is now home to Washington's newest Center of Excellence

Washington's newest Center of Excellence job training and education location has been established in Clark County. The center will help students learn new skills and connect with new career opportunities, and help companies create a stronger workforce.

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Construction crews work around the clock to fix lock near Bonneville Dam

The Army Corps of Engineers is leading an urgent project to repair a damaged lock near the Bonneville Dam near Vancouver. Crews are working 24 hours a day to repair the lock by Sept. 30. Cargo traffic on the Columbia River is at a standstill in the meantime.

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Republicans line up for State Senate seat in 10th Legislative District

Candidates to replace outgoing State Sen. Barbara Bailey are coming forward in the 10th Legislative District. Republican Party officials will meet Oct. 3 to nominate three people for the position.

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Chelan PUD formally opposes Snake River Dam removal

Commissioners with the Chelan Public Utility District have voted unanimously to oppose the removal of four dams on the Snake River.

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Starbucks managers focus on community and social impact at largest-ever leadership conference

More than 12,000 Starbucks store managers and other partners met in Chicago earlier this month for the largest employee conference in the company's history. Attendees focused on community service, growing the business and mental health awareness, among other leadership development topics.

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AWB offers more ways to help you take care of your health

AWB's new WellCard Health program offers savings on prescription drugs, MRI imaging, doctor visits, vitamins, diabetic care services and more.

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Arguments Against a State Income Tax


An income tax is not in our best interest

By Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson

Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.

The historically unpopular notion of introducing an income tax is not exactly new to Washington, yet it has seen growing interest from income tax supporters in big city government and from certain state lawmakers who would pass income tax legislation if given the opportunity.

As Washington State Treasurer, four-term Benton County Treasurer, and licensed CPA for over 25 years, I have cultivated an automatic sense of duty to advocate for fiscal responsibility. When I see such disregard for taxpayers, my obligation is to stand up for what is right on their behalf.

Many of the legislature's self-induced financial woes have readily available remedies that do not involve raising taxes or adding an income tax, making it apparent to me that as a state we have some serious financial issues within our legislative practices we need to start addressing...

Taxing income would weaken Washington's thriving economy and reduce our capacity to compete for business. We need to agree on improving our habits and reigning in state debt before considering the addition of new taxes. An income tax is not in our best interest.

Read the full guest column in The Tri-City Herald