October 30, 2017
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U.S. factory sector activity hits 13-year high

A closely-watched sign of the health of manufacturing activity hit a 13-year high in September. The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) index of manufacturing activity climbed to 60.8 last month. Anything over 50 indicates expansion based on sales, output and hiring.

That's the highest reading since May of 2004, and came even as a series of hurricanes dealt a blow to major parts of the southern United States, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The survey found “expanding business conditions, with new orders, production, employment, order backlogs and export orders all growing in September,” the ISM said.

"Manufacturing accounts for only about 12% of U.S. economic output, but the sector is closely watched for signals about the trajectory of the wider economy," The Wall Street Journal said.

Contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues, to learn more.

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'Hirst Will Shatter the American Dream...'

Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

By former Gov. Dan Evans

It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas.

As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state's capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed.

Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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