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Manufacturing, technology sectors provide solid foundation beyond pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how easy it is to take things for granted. Family barbecues, baseball games and kids going to school are just a few examples. As some of our old way of life comes back, it’s worth noting another thing that’s easy to take for granted: Washington’s strong manufacturing and technology…


Manufacturing shortages show there are no safe harbors

The past year and a half has not failed to provide society with various crash courses on industry and science. During March and April 2020, our first lesson was on the unreliability of lean supply chains during the Great Toilet Paper Shortage. It seems appropriate that we have now come full circle with a lesson…


How to talk to vaccine-hesitant workers

By National Association of Manufacturers Now that all American adults are eligible for vaccination and largely have easy access to vaccines, it’s even more important to convince those still on the fence about getting their shots. To help manufacturers convince their hesitating employees, The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with the Center for Public Interest Communications…


Let’s rethink natural gas bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings.       Thankfully, the legislators ended their session in Olympia and left that bad idea on the table. However, it is destined to come back next year. The issue is complicated…


Badger Club takes on the tough issues to drive civil discourse

Was there really a federal internment camp in Benton County during the second World War? (No, but there was a federal prison camp near Horn Rapids. It housed federal prisoners who were sent to harvest the orchards and other crops left when residents were ordered out to make room for the Manhattan Project.) Would a…


U.S. leads in emissions reduction,
clean energy innovation

The Biden Administration’s approach to energy is the last thing America needs – especially when the United States is already leading the world in emissions reductions. President Biden is forcing our nation to adopt global standards the rest of the world is already failing to meet while eliminating opportunities for hard-working Americans. Sadly, his proposals…


More trees or fewer? The balancing act of the Trillion Trees Act

Every year on Arbor Day school children across the United States are told about the many benefits trees provide to people and the environment. To drive the point home, schoolchildren are given saplings to plant, so they can watch them grow and feel a connection to the environment. Invariably there are cute pictures of kids…


Teens can cause car wrecks but it’s parents who pay

From time to time, it is important to take stock of our own personal liability exposure and find ways to mitigate it. Liability exposure can creep into our lives in subtle ways that can have profound effects on our financial security. One such way that a person can expose himself or herself to additional liability…


Commuting in the Tri-Cities: It’s about the car

Let’s face it – the Tri-Cities is a car town, or set of car towns. The number of miles Tri-Citians travel daily owes its origins to the settlement of not one, but three cities, or four, counting West Richland, in an area that has some distance between the communities.  There are other reasons, too, which…


Can you opt out of state’s new Long Term Care Act and tax? Should you?

Washington state has adopted a first-of-its-kind law that both provides a new long-term care benefit and pays for the new benefit with a new tax collected by employers. Its formal name is the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program. Many employers and employees are scrambling to understand the implications of this new law. This column…

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