January 22, 2018
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B&O Tax Relief

"A reduction in the B&O tax rate for manufacturers would not just get pocketed by owners. We could do things like hire more employees, increase employee-provided benefits, or reinvest in our facilities." ~ Allison Budvarson, vice president and co-owner of Out of the Box Manufacturing, about the importance of re-instating the manufacturing tax relief that passed the Legislature overwhelmingly last summer, but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee.




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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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