February 19, 2018
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Gov. Inslee taps Seattle business leader Maud Daudon to lead long-term apprenticeship strategy

Seattle business executive Maud Daudon will lead an effort to create a new strategy for career-connected learning and apprenticeships in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday.

Daudon is nearing the end of her tenure as president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Later this month, she’ll begin working with employers, national experts, educators and students to figure out what’s needed to create a new system “that will allow every Washington student an opportunity to enroll in an apprenticeship, mentorship or other career-connected program,” the governor’s office reports.

The new plan will include key initiatives to launch next year and build upon the recommendations of Inslee’s Career Connect Washington Task Force, Inslee’s office says.

“Maud is one of our state’s most forward-looking and respected business leaders, and her ability to engage a wide range of interests will help this state develop a highly successful model for career-connected learning,” Inslee said. “She has been deeply involved in our work to improve education opportunities for our students and understands my vision. I am so pleased that Maud agreed to put her energy into helping us launch this transformative effort.”

Daudon was part of the 45-member delegation that studied the apprenticeship system in Switzerland last year.

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B&O Tax Relief for Manufacturers
Support All Manufacturers

AWB tells House committee, 'It's time to let all manufacturers win'

By Jason Hagey, AWB

AWB President Kris Johnson called on lawmakers to lower the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for all Washington manufacturers, not just those in some parts of the state, during a hearing Friday before the House Finance Committee.

In its current form, Substitute House Bill 2947 would lower the B&O rate for manufacturers in 30 counties. It would leave out nine counties, including many that consist largely of rural areas, such as Kitsap and Benton.

"It's time to let all manufacturers win," Johnson said, echoing language that Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Ballard, used during a floor speech last week on a separate measure aimed at boosting Washington's boat manufacturers. "We're going to let our fishing fleet win," Tarleton declared before the House voted 97-1 in favor of her bill.
Read the full blog and watch the video at Olympia Business Watch
Preserving Local Commitment

Avista sale is good for customers, community

By Scott Morris, CEO, Avista Corp.

Six months ago, Avista and Hydro One announced plans to combine and form one of North America's largest regulated utilities. Since that time, as we've moved toward closing, our confidence has only grown in the benefits of this merger for all of our stakeholders, from our customers and employees to our shareholders and the communities we serve.

Given the central role that Avista plays in its service territories, both as an energy provider and a member of the community, we understand why customers and community members want assurances that they will continue to receive safe, reliable and high-quality energy at a fair price and that Avista will continue to be an active corporate citizen.

The short answer is that the proposed transaction is designed to help preserve -- and even enhance -- Avista's commitments to its customers and its communities. In a changing industry landscape, joining forces with Hydro One will help safeguard Avista's proud legacy and way of doing business...

Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review
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