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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