May 11, 2015
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It's time! Spring Meeting begins Tuesday

AWB's Spring Meeting begins tomorrow, with inspiring and informational talks from auto industry legend Bob Lutz, UPS executive Jim Bruce, and many others. Online registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome. We'll see you in Spokane!
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Stormy seas as budget negotiations resume in Olympia

Budget leaders from the House and Senate are meeting as the special session ends its second week, but so far the two sides remain far apart on the central issue of whether $3 billion in increased tax revenue is enough, or whether another $1.5 billion in tax hikes are needed.
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Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber working with mayor on alternative minimum wage initiative

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland accepted a request from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber to convene a group that will create a "right-sized" alternative to raise the city's minimum wage. An existing proposal by 15 Now Tacoma would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour with no ramp-up period and no consideration for the impact on small businesses. That, says the chamber, is just too extreme.
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Irrigators facing water reductions as drought fears deepen

Many irrigators have already been told their water supply this year will be cut in half -- or worse -- and further reductions are possible. One prediction would have farmers in our agriculture-heavy state relying on just a third of the water they would normally receive. Read more »


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By the Washington Climate Collaborative

... both reports find that Washington is, in fact, making true progress towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Our per capita GHG emission rate is now 36% below the national average and has been on a downward trend over the last 10 years -- despite growth in the economy and population. 

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Washingtonians need Pacific free trade pact

By The News Tribune

If you live in Washington, your community depends on international trade.

The state exported an estimated $90 billion worth of goods last year, according to the feds, and exports supported more than 390,000 jobs. Many of those are high-wage union jobs -- Boeing machinists, for example, and longshore workers at the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.

The state is home to at least 12,000 exporters, most of them small- to medium-sized businesses. Per capita, Washington benefits more from trade than any other state. ...

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