January 8, 2018
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AWB's Legislative Review offers a big-picture look at important employer issues as session begins

As this year's legislative session begins, AWB takes a comprehensive look at what happened in the record-long session that went into overtime again and again last year. The 2017 AWB Legislative Review is available online and has been mailed to all members, just in time for a timely review of what's past and a look at what's ahead during this short off-year session.

The Legislative Review includes:

  • A session overview from Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs;
  • A look at the Legislature's final successful push to comply with the McCleary ruling;
  • A deep dive into the issue of rural well water rights through the Hirst issue;
  • A review of the new paid family leave law, written with employers at the table to balance the needs of both workers and businesses;
  • The always popular vote record lists how every lawmaker voted on issues related to business and Washington's competitiveness.

For more information or questions on the issues discussed in the 2017 Legislative Review and Vote Record, contact the AWB Government issue experts.

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Don't Spend Rainy Day Fund

Washington's debt level a cause for concern

By The Editorial Board of The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

... Washington state Treasurer Duane Davidson has urged lawmakers and the governor to keep their hands off the state's rainy-day fund, noting that we are in an economic expansion, which is the time to be saving, not borrowing.

With that, we heartily agree.

Read the full editorial in The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Fiscal Restraint

Our Voice: It's not raining hard enough to dip into state reserves

By The Editorial Board of The Tri-City Herald

The state's rainy-day fund is supposed to grow when times are good so there is money available when times are tough.

A simple enough plan to understand, yet apparently difficult for some lawmakers to follow.

Gov. Jay Inslee's budget includes taking money from the state's emergency reserves to help pay for teacher salaries in the 2018-19 school year, but we think this would be a mistake.

The legislative session begins Monday, and we advise the Legislature to find some other way to meet its obligation to public education without "borrowing" from reserves...

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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