October 1, 2018
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Rural Jobs Summit to be held this fall in Longview



AWB’s agenda to address job creation in rural Washington continues to develop as the 2019 legislative session approaches. AWB members, community leaders and others will again discuss solutions to expand economic opportunity in rural regions of the state, which exist in every one of Washington’s 39 counties, at AWB’s 2018 Rural Jobs Summit Nov. 8-9 at Lower Columbia Community College in Longview.

More information and a registration link are available here.

Learn more about AWB's rural jobs focus here, and read about AWB's other rural jobs summits in this Washington Business magazine story. And check out this wrap-up video of last October's Rural Jobs Summit.

Contact AWB Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis for more on the association’s rural jobs outreach and legislative work.



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Vote No on I-1631


No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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