By AWB President Kris Johnson
The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.
The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.
Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.
Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.
The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...