February 19, 2018
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Columbia Generating Station supports good jobs, reliable power

A recently released report highlights the statewide economic impacts of the Columbia Generating Station in Eastern Washington. The report will be the subject of a work session in the House Technology and Economic Development Committee tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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Boeing releases third-annual Community Benefit Report, highlights support of 242,800 jobs in Washington aerospace

Boeing's third-annual report shows major company support for education, higher learning, conservation and charitable giving statewide.

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Seattle nearing vote on 'head tax' on employers

A task force is expected to finish work on a "head tax," or a per-employee tax, proposal that would tax large employers and use the money for homelessness programs.

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Gov. Inslee taps Seattle business leader Maud Daudon to lead long-term apprenticeship strategy

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed the outgoing president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to guide a 10-year vision and strategic plan for career-connected learning and apprenticeships.

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March 6 workplace safety seminar features business and industry leaders

Nucor Steel Seattle and other employers known for safety excellence will present at a March 6 workplace safety seminar in Tumwater, hosted by the Department of Labor & Industries. Pre-registration is required.

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Call for nominations: Help bring more great business leaders to AWB's board of directors

It's time to step up and help AWB remain a leader and voice for solutions in Olympia. Nominations are now being accepted for seats on the AWB Board of Directors. Businesses of all sizes and business leaders of all ages are invited to apply. Nominations are due to Bonnie Millikan by March 23.

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B&O Tax Relief for Manufacturers
Support All Manufacturers

AWB tells House committee, 'It's time to let all manufacturers win'

By Jason Hagey, AWB

AWB President Kris Johnson called on lawmakers to lower the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for all Washington manufacturers, not just those in some parts of the state, during a hearing Friday before the House Finance Committee.

In its current form, Substitute House Bill 2947 would lower the B&O rate for manufacturers in 30 counties. It would leave out nine counties, including many that consist largely of rural areas, such as Kitsap and Benton.

"It's time to let all manufacturers win," Johnson said, echoing language that Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Ballard, used during a floor speech last week on a separate measure aimed at boosting Washington's boat manufacturers. "We're going to let our fishing fleet win," Tarleton declared before the House voted 97-1 in favor of her bill.
Read the full blog and watch the video at Olympia Business Watch
Preserving Local Commitment

Avista sale is good for customers, community

By Scott Morris, CEO, Avista Corp.

Six months ago, Avista and Hydro One announced plans to combine and form one of North America's largest regulated utilities. Since that time, as we've moved toward closing, our confidence has only grown in the benefits of this merger for all of our stakeholders, from our customers and employees to our shareholders and the communities we serve.

Given the central role that Avista plays in its service territories, both as an energy provider and a member of the community, we understand why customers and community members want assurances that they will continue to receive safe, reliable and high-quality energy at a fair price and that Avista will continue to be an active corporate citizen.

The short answer is that the proposed transaction is designed to help preserve -- and even enhance -- Avista's commitments to its customers and its communities. In a changing industry landscape, joining forces with Hydro One will help safeguard Avista's proud legacy and way of doing business...

Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review
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