November 14, 2016
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Voters reject I-732's carbon tax and higher energy costs

Washington voters soundly rejected Initiative 732, the carbon tax, by a nearly 20 percent margin. The vote was confirmation that Washington can and must move forward on carbon reduction, but that an across-the-board energy tax is not the right approach, the No on 732 campaign said in an email to supporters.

"This campaign was just one milestone in a broader effort to reduce carbon emissions, invest in our state, and keep Washington a great place to live, work and do business," the No on 732 campaign -- led by AWB -- added.

AWB Government Affairs Director Brandon Houskeeper noted that Washington employers have been reducing carbon emissions for decades even as the state's economy has grown.

"There is broad consensus that we need to do more to control carbon emissions, but there is a healthy debate about the right solution. Voters have rejected a flawed proposal to simply drive up energy prices on Washington families, workers and employers. Now it's time to come back together to find solutions that reduce carbon emissions through collaboration, not higher energy bills," Houskeeper said.

AWB was part of a broad coalition, along with organized labor and environmental groups, who opposed I-732.

For more on ways that Washington employers are leading the way on carbon reduction, visit the Washington Climate Collaborative or contact Houskeeper.

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Focus on Sustainability

Cardinal Glass: A Clear Path to Energy Efficiency

Cardinal's Washington-made glass and window products help its customers around the world save money -- and the planet.

Making glass is inherently energy-intensive, but Cardinal's finished product is so energy-efficient that its carbon footprint from glass production is essentially offset within a year by the customer's reduced carbon output from lower energy use.

And Cardinal keeps its energy use as low as possible: When operating at full capacity, Cardinal's plant in Winlock has one of the lowest total emissions per ton of glass shipped of any conventional float glass plant in the world.

Read the full story in Washington Business Magazine
Don't End Workplace Flexibility

New rules complicate seasonal hiring

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Here in Washington and throughout the nation, part-time and seasonal positions have long played an important role in the economy, providing jobs with flexible schedules that benefit employers and workers alike.

With Seattle's adoption of new scheduling ordinance that restricts how employers can schedule shifts, employers and employees should keep a close eye on the unintended consequences of the nearly 50-pages of regulations, including a loss of flexibility for part-time workers, and even the loss of some part-time jobs and the benefits that come with them.

Likewise, leaders in other communities would be wise to observe the process given the recent history of a regulation starting in Seattle and spreading elsewhere...

Read the full op-ed in The Wenatchee World
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