April 2, 2018
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Gov. Inslee signs supplemental budget, proclaims end to McCleary case

Signaling that the state is finally in compliance with the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary ruling, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the state's supplemental operating budget last week. It includes $970 million in teacher raises, satisfying the last major education funding piece as required by the court.

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AWB files challenge to I-1631 ballot title

The official ballot title for a proposed "pollution fee" does not fully describe the measure or where the money it generates will go. Last week, AWB challenged that ballot title with the goal of ensuring voters receive an accurate and transparent look at this significant proposal.

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Election update: State Senate majority leader to step down; former Senate majority leader runs again

Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, announced last week that she is retiring. Coincidentally, a former Senate Majority Leader, Rodney Tom, said last week that he will run again, facing recently appointed Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue.

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Join a national conversation on early childhood learning at AWB's Early Learning event April 17 in SeaTac

There are many reasons that employers can and should be part of the early childhood education conversation. AWB will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to discuss them at an Early Childhood Learning event on April 17 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. Learn more and register online.

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Reserve tickets now for Spring Meeting keynote by Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger

Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger, the "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot, will give the evening keynote address at the 2018 Spring Meeting. Tickets are now available for this May 15-16 event, which is being held this year for the first time in the new Davenport Grand hotel on the Spokane River waterfront.

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Hits, Misses in 2018 Session


Legislature adjourns on-time, leaves important work for 2019

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Lawmakers left town on the final day of the constitutionally-prescribed 60-day session March 8.

Like every session, there were hits and misses.

Early in the legislative session, lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement for a permanent fix to the state Supreme Court's "Hirst" water rights ruling and passed the state's capital construction budget. These were issues left undone during the prior session and both issues are crucial to economic development, particularly in rural and underserved regions of the state.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Business World
Taxed to the Max?


Seattle taxes may reach a tipping point

By Jon Talton

A slew of new taxes and tax increases pose a big lift for taxpayers and the economy...

It's not a competitive issue to be dismissed. Eastside leaders, and even those in the South Sound, would love to see the city stumble, creating an opportunity to grab some of its corporate assets and talent.

The head tax could be particularly destructive for Seattle employment.

The city's boom over the past decade has not been a result of the City Council's brilliance. Instead, it has come from Amazon and other companies; Paul Allen's South Lake Union innovation district; being cheaper than the Bay Area; and the "back to the city movement," drawing companies and workers to high-quality cities.

This unique moment in history is not guaranteed to continue...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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