November 20, 2017
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Registration is still open for AWB's fourth-annual D.C. Fly-in next month


Registration is open for AWB's fourth-annual D.C. Fly-in Dec. 4-6 in the nation's capital.

AWB's government affairs team will lead this trip to Washington, D.C., organizing meetings with members of Congress and top administration officials.

Previous years events have included meetings with Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Washington's members of Congress from both parties.

The Fly-in also includes meetings and events at historical locations.

A new video highlights the opportunities and experience of the AWB D.C. Fly-in.

Contact Kelli Schueler with AWB's Events team or Amy Anderson, AWB's government affairs director for federal issues, to learn more and register.



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Continue Bipartisan Successes


One-party rule in Olympia should not end bipartisan effort

By Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville

The election this month of Democrat Manka Dhingra to represent the people of the 45th legislative district changes the landscape of the Washington state Senate, resulting in a return to one-party rule in Olympia.

However, it does not have to change the bipartisan way in which the Legislature has operated since a group of Democrats joined with Republicans in 2013 to govern by consensus, ushering in unprecedented achievements.

For the past five years, the bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus controlled the Senate, while Democrats controlled the House of Representatives and governor's mansion. For measures to pass, members of both chambers had to debate, negotiate and compromise.

This process resulted in the passage of historic legislation, such as the first-ever college-tuition reduction, a $16 billion transportation package and a plan to fully fund basic education with equitable levy reform...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Legal Maneuvers


Be watchful of Seattle's income tax

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

In July, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to impose an income tax on its wealthiest citizens, knowing full well the decision would end up challenged in court.

That apparently was part of the strategy.

By spurring debate, advocates for the Seattle income tax hope to reverse historical precedent and open the door so other communities can follow Seattle's lead.

If that were to happen, it's reasonable to think the next step would be an effort to impose an income tax statewide. That's why we should be watching this issue closely.

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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