November 24, 2014
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Exports of hay, Christmas trees hurt by continued port work slowdown



The work slowdown and cargo backup at West Coast ports continues, with exporters and importers feeling the pinch as the holiday season approaches.

Thousands of Christmas trees are piling up at the Port of Tacoma, KOMO reports. The $129,000 shipment of trees, grown by the Washington family who provided the White House with its 2004 Christmas trees, are destined for Hong Kong but will soon be a total loss because they need a month to cross the Pacific. MyNorthwest.com also covered the story.

The story is being repeated at hay exporters in Eastern Washington and countless businesses around the nation. Employers, members of Congress and other leaders are calling for President Barack Obama’s administration to intervene.

Meanwhile, negotiations between the Longshore union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping lines and terminal operators, have been suspended for a nearly two-week break, The News Tribune reports. The halt in “main table” negotiations until Dec. 2 comes at the insistence of the International Longshore Workers Union, according to the shippers’ association.

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Actually, AWB supports tax incentive review


A recent commentary on policies addressing business tax incentives took out of context comments made by one of our local representatives on tax and fiscal policy, Ron Bueing.

AWB has been clear over the years; we firmly believe tax incentives should be fully and thoughtfully reviewed on a set timeline to ensure they are serving the purposes for which they were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

And, it should also be noted there is bipartisan agreement in the Legislature that supports our position.


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