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January 17, 2018
China's Sword Policy Cutting Deep Into Recycling
Loss of Officer Reminds us to Honor Those Who
Serve and Protect

In our nation's capital, there is a beautiful memorial of sculpted lions keeping watch that honors to the nation's law enforcement officers. Among the quotes set in the memorial's stone is one from Tacitus: "In valor there is hope."
Earlier this month, China launched its "national sword" policy which bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported.  Meanwhile, its upcoming March edict imposing a lower limit on contaminants is having global reverberations.
Gov. Jay Inslee today delivered his 2018 State of the State address, a speech that highlighted Washington's strong economy and best-in-the-nation business climate saying "our economy is strong, our future is bright, but there are always new heights to reach, new challenges to overcome and persistent wrongs to right."
 Governor Jay Inslee rolled out his most recent proposal to tax carbon emissions across the state of Washington.
The proposal he unveiled on Tuesday is sweeping: emissions generated by power plants and transportation fuelsówith the exception of airplane jet fuelówould be taxed at $20 per ton, starting July 1, 2019.
Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) sent a letter requesting Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to issue a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for Yakima County given the continued degradation of conditions near Union Gap at Rattlesnake Ridge.
Washington ranks eighth in the nation for the lowest infant deaths, yet African-American and American Indian families still experience disproportionate rates of infant mortality.
 With the 2018 Washington state legislative session kicking off, a 2016 state Supreme Court decision on water continues to make waves in the House and Senate.