November 10, 2014
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Business-friendly candidates prevail across state, nation; voters narrowly supporting unfunded I-1351

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus will retain control, and Republicans gained ground in the state House, after an election night that was largely favorable for the state's business community.
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What does GOP majority in Congress mean for business?

Republicans will now control both houses of Congress. That would mean action on issues important to business, from a tax overhaul to immigration reform.

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Union slowdown at Puget Sound's two largest ports has cut shipping, slowed ag exports

Trade organizations are calling for federal intervention to help resolve a labor dispute that's causing a backup at West Coast ports.

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New edition of Washington Business magazine is arriving in mailboxes now

The fall edition of AWB's magazine, Washington Business, highlights the Priorities for Prosperity program, an interview with former Gov. Gary Locke, and profiles of intriguing businesses.
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AWB preparing for 26th annual Holiday Kids' Tree Project

Preparations are underway for a festive holiday tradition. AWB is proud to sponsor and organize the celebrations around the Holiday Kids' Tree Project at the state Capitol. This year's tree lighting will be Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

State waves goodbye to R&D tax incentive

By Kris Johnson, AWB President

Beginning in January, Washington state will become one of just a handful of states in the country that doesn't offer private employers some kind of a tax incentive to promote research and development activities.

That's because a pair of tax incentives created back 1994 are set to expire at the end of this year, despite attempts during the last legislative session to extend them.

Click here for the full column in The Wenatchee World
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