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Growing Membership Benefits all NWPCA Members T he first six months of this year have seen thirty-one new members join NWPCA, with networking cited most frequently as the reason for joining; PDS and government affairs advocacy tied for second with the association serving as a resource for information coming in close behind. The more members we have, the stronger our advocacy efforts, the stronger our networking offerings, and the greater impact we can have through all of our programs and activities. If you know of strong candidates for membership, please forward their information to Strategic Planning Process Advances A s Steve Yelland, NWPCA's elected Chairman of the Board, reported in his Chairman's Message (page 6), a specific area of focus for our association this year has been strategic planning. More than 200 NWPCA members have participated in some form, whether through the Town Hall meeting we had at our annual convention, as part of several focus groups, or through the membership survey process. The input was outstanding and was referenced frequently by the Board and committee chairs during the two-day strategic planning retreat in May. The final plan is under development and the end result will be a 2015 budget that is built around the objectives of the plan. Stay tuned and watch your emails as more information will be sent to all members. 8 PalletCentral July-August 2014 inside nwpca NWPCA ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS = Capitol Hill Corner New EPA Carbon Dioxide Rules Proposed; Battle Lines Drawn T he Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a rule designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by as much as 30 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. The proposal created quick and clear dividing lines. The U.S. Chamber released a report saying that the rule would cost businesses more than $50 billion a year; the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimated that it would save money overall; and the EPA's analysis asserted that the benefits would outweigh the costs. Senate action was also quick, with forty-one GOP Senators expressing opposition. House Passes Small Business Tax Relief; Senate Future Cloudy H .R. 4457, America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI) recently passed the House and now moves to the Senate. The legislation restores and makes permanent the enhanced Section 179 expensing provisions that expired at the end of 2013, allowing small and medium- sized manufacturers to immediately write-off up to $500,000 of investments in new property and equipment in the year purchased (rather than depreciating the cost of the investment over time). Senate Finance Committee is considering a broader bill (S. 2260) that addresses a significant number of tax issues into one bill, including the Section 179 expensing provisions. The Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act has yet to hit the Senate floor due to amendment process disagreements.

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