December 18, 2017
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Gov. Inslee releases budget with call for carbon tax and billion-dollar dip into reserves

The opening move in the budgetary debates came last week, as Gov. Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget. He proposes pulling $950 million from the state's reserve fund to pay for McCleary education costs, and called again for a state carbon tax that has yet to gain traction in the Legislature or on a statewide ballot.

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Economic revenue forecast shows continued economic growth and higher tax collections

An upward trend in the state's economy is continuing, according to the latest figures from the state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Employment is up by 3.3 percent, and state tax collections are coming in above what was expected.

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Judge strikes down state agency's Clean Air Rule

Employer groups had a victory last Friday as the state Department of Ecology's controversial Clean Air Rule was invalidated by a Thurston County judge. A coalition of employers challenged the rule last year citing the agency's lack of legislative approval to implement the new regulation.

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AWB announces 2018 employment law webinar series; early bird package discount available

AWB's popular employment law webinar series is back for the third year. Top legal experts will again look at the many facets of increasingly complex labor laws, offering up-to-date information to keep your workplace in compliance with the latest legal changes. Sign up for all the classes now to receive an early-bird package discount and a complete kit of all presentations.

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Two economic analysts to give lunchtime keynote at AWB's Legislative Day and Hill Climb

Track the economic trends shaping your community with a pair of experts during the lunchtime keynote at the 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, a regional labor economist with the state Employment Security Department and Patrick Jones of Eastern Washington University will be joined by other legislative and policy leaders during an informative day that ends with our well-organized Hill Climb. The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Olympia.

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International Growth Zone



Northwest Startup Supporters Grow U.S.-Canada Economic Ties

By Benjamin Romano, editor, Xconomy Seattle

There's a new network organizing the incubators, accelerators, and investors fostering innovation in the Pacific Northwest on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border.

Business collaboration across the 49th parallel is having a moment, thanks in no small part to a dramatic divergence in immigration policies between the two countries this year that have prompted U.S. tech companies to establish or grow their presence in Canada to access talent from around the world.

The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN) is focused on collaboration at the grass-roots level of the innovation economy -- specifically the cleantech, life sciences, and IT industries -- in the broad area known as Cascadia, encompassing Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada.

Read the full column in Xconomy Seattle
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