January 22, 2018
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SB 6203: Carbon tax

AWB joined a variety of employers last week to testify against Senate Bill 6203, the governor's proposed carbon tax.

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HB 1506 and SB 5140: Pay equity bill passes House without amendments sought by AWB

AWB has been working with legislators on proposals to address gender pay equity issues and supported several amendments to House Bill 1506. The bill passed the House last week without those amendments, but AWB will continue to seek those changes to the bill as it moves through the Senate.

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Rural jobs and broadband: HB 1422, SB 5208 and HB 2749

The AWB Rural Jobs Task Force will hold a conference call this week to hear from proponents of the Rural Jobs Act, HB 1422/SB 5208. That bill has been modified to include an allocation to rural broadband development. Another bill, HB 2749, will have a hearing on Tuesday. It would help fund high-speed internet infrastructure in rural areas.

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HB 2641: Work-based learning

Work-based learning efforts have been growing over the past year as more businesses face a workforce shortage that has the ability to cripple business growth. Having input from businesses about the necessary skills needed to train the next generation of workforce is critical to supporting Washington state businesses.

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HB 2754: Funding airport infrastructure from existing sales tax on aircraft fuel

House Bill 2754 would shift a small part of the aircraft fuel sales tax from the general fund to the state's aeronautics account, where it would help fund airport infrastructure projects.

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Key Workforce Education

Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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