January 29, 2018
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AWB ongoing video campaign highlights how manufacturing tax relief would support employers, employees

Manufacturing is a cornerstone industry in the state, particularly in rural areas, something lawmakers from both parties and both chambers recognized last summer when they passed a business and occupation (B&O) tax reduction aimed at helping the state’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers grow and create jobs. Despite the benefit it would have for roughly 10,000 employers across the state, the governor vetoed the tax relief before it could take effect.

This month, the AWB launched a video campaign featuring two family-owned manufacturers – Vaughan Company, Inc. in Montesano and Out of the Box Manufacturing in Renton – explaining how easing the tax burden on their operations would unleash investment in workers and job creation in videos released this month.

  • Stacie Vaughan of the Vaughan Co. explains the need for B&O tax relief in her video, which also highlights the important jobs that her family-owned rural manufacturing firm in Montesano provides to the economically challenged Grays Harbor region.
  • Allison Budvarson of Out of the Box Manufacturing in Renton explains in her video what B&O tax relief would mean to her high-tech company, which she and her husband founded in their garage.

“Reducing the B&O tax rate for manufacturers would allow us to hire more employees, increase employee benefits or reinvest in our facilities,” Budvarson said in her video.

Budvarson’s sentiment echoes what AWB staff heard throughout the association’s first-ever Manufacturing Week bus tour last fall and what was discussed during AWB’s Legislative Day and Hill Climb Jan. 16.

The goals of the video campaign are to highlight how boosting support for manufacturers would benefit employees and the communities that need the good-paying jobs, and to convince lawmakers to reinstate the tax relief this session.

Follow along on Twitter at @awbolympia and hashtag #SupportWAmfg. Contact AWB Government Affairs Director Clay Hill for more information on the B&O tax rate reduction for manufacturers.

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