December 22, 2016
2016 Year in Review B

November elections leave Legislature, state Supreme Court and executive branch mostly unchanged

As the election season rolled toward the November election, AWB offered its perspective (including video endorsements) on the candidates that would help the state have a strong, competitive economy and business climate.

When it was all over, the fierce election season resulted in few major changes in Olympia. The day after the Nov. 8 general election, AWB Vice President for Government Affairs Gary Chandler and long-time Olympia insider Steve Gano hosted a live webinar to discuss the results. In the end, they said, not much changed.

The Legislature remains split with Democrats leading the House and the Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus leading by a one-seat margin in the Senate. The balance has been good for the state’s employers, or as Chandler said in a column in AWB’s 2016 Legislative Review and Vote Record, “no news is good news for Washington employers.” With a busy session ahead in 2017, the hope is that trend continues.

To help AWB members get a lay of the land in the 2017 session, the Government Affairs team will host a free webinar on Jan. 5 to look ahead the legislative session and give employers tips on how to engage with the process. Register online or contact Kelli Schueler to learn more.

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2016 in Videos

Grow Here: Rite in the Rain

Grow Here: Nucor Steel Seattle

Grow Here: Schilling Cider

Legislative Day and Hill Climb

Spring Meeting

Leadership Washington Class of 2016 Graduation

Gubernatorial Debate

Small Business Outreach Tour

Chamber of the Year Award

Policy Summit

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Summit

D.C. Fly-in