November 13, 2017
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Dhingra wins in 45th District; Democrats prepare to take over Senate

With Manka Dhingra's victory in the 45th District Senate special election, Democrats now control all levers of power in Olympia. "The Democratic policy wish list is long," The Seattle Times writes, and includes policies on taxes, carbon, health care and much more.

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Newly elected Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan seen as 'best hope in years' of helping Seattle's business climate

Jenny Durkan won last week's election for mayor of Seattle. The editorial board of The Seattle Times said Durkan's election "offers the best hope in years of improving the city's business climate, which cannot be taken for granted and needs tending."

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AWB joins Gov. Inslee for trip to Switzerland to learn about career-connected education

AWB President Kris Johnson, Gov. Jay Inslee and dozens of other state leaders spent last week in Switzerland. The trip focused on workforce education, apprenticeships and ways to expand career-connected learning opportunities.

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Finalists announced for AWB's Evening of Excellence awards, winners will be announced Nov. 29 at black-tie event in Seattle

The winners are a tightly kept secret, but the finalists have been announced for this year's Evening of Excellence awards. From every corner of Washington, these top employers are certainly worthy of awards. Be the first to find out who wins by reserving your seat at the second-annual AWB Evening of Excellence, a black-tie gala at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle on Nov. 29. Online registration for the event is now open.

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Registration now open for 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb

Reserve your space now at one of AWB's most popular events, the Legislative Day and Hill Climb. Hear directly from top lawmakers in both parties and business and agency leaders during a day of policy talks and networking, then join our well-organized Hill Climb and meet with your legislators in person. The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Olympia.

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Rural Jobs Summit


Why Rural Economic Development Is Top of Mind in Washington State and Elsewhere

By Joshua Wright

Rural economic development is a thorny, multi-layered topic with many challenges and few obvious answers. But the summit -- hosted in Moses Lake by the Association of Washington Businesses -- was encouraging, not just because it focused on solutions for small towns and regions but also because so many people attended the event.

Sweeney himself said it speaks well for Washington that 250 decision-makers from every part of the state came together to talk rural jobs and economies.

"We put our focus on where the need is, and the need is the biggest in rural communities," said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington Department of Commerce.

Read the full essay at EconomicModeling.com
Quality Health Insurance


Association Health Plans offer model for the nation

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Since they were created, Association Health Plans (AHP) have grown in popularity, insuring as many as 400,000 people at their peak. Many of those people were not previously insured. For AWB's plan, approximately 40 percent of employers did not have prior coverage. It's clear that AHPs expand health care access and choices for small employers, their employees and families.

What's more, employers that start with an AHP tend to renew. Historically, as many as 90 percent renew coverage year after year...

Washington's AHPs offer high-quality health insurance plans with consumer protections like guaranteed issue (nobody can be denied coverage) and renewal built in. They are fully insured and comply with all state and federal mandates, including those contained in the Affordable Care Act such as dependent coverage up to age 26, lab and X-ray, preventative care and mental health services.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Valley Business World
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