November 24, 2014
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State's employers add jobs, but unemployment rate increases as more people seek work

The jobless rate increased last month, but that might actually be good news. As the economy improves, more people without a job reenter the marketplace. Read more »

Democrats, Republicans gather to vote on leaders for 2015

With elections over, the four legislative caucuses are picking leaders for the 2015 session. So far familiar faces are returning to top caucus leadership posts.

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Democrats will meet Dec. 1 to pick one-year replacement for the late Rep. Freeman

Thirty-six Democratic precinct committee officers from King County and one from Pierce County will meet Dec.1 to pick three finalists to replace the late Rep. Roger Freeman. County councilmembers will select from the three to pick a replacement to fill the seat until the 2015 special election.

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Washington's potato crop up, despite summer's heat

Washington state farmers harvested 4 percent more potatoes than last year. That’s a bit short of expectations, but is still a strong showing as global demand increases and a new $200 million ConAgra Lamb Weston processing facility comes online.

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State Patrol chief recovering after suffering stroke

The leader of the State Patrol is on the mend after suffering a stroke while vacationing with his family in Hawaii. He hopes to be back to work within a few months.

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AWB will close Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

AWB’s Olympia office will close this Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. We wish all our members safe travels and a happy holiday. For those hitting the road, consider checking WSDOT’s Thanksgiving traffic page before you head over the river and through the woods.

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Actually, AWB supports tax incentive review

A recent commentary on policies addressing business tax incentives took out of context comments made by one of our local representatives on tax and fiscal policy, Ron Bueing.

AWB has been clear over the years; we firmly believe tax incentives should be fully and thoughtfully reviewed on a set timeline to ensure they are serving the purposes for which they were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

And, it should also be noted there is bipartisan agreement in the Legislature that supports our position.

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