November 7, 2016
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Decision day 2016 - ballots due Tuesday for important local, state and national races

It's time! Ballots must be postmarked or put in an official drop box by Tuesday in this week's election, which includes crucial statewide and local races. Be sure to vote. Watch AWB's video voter guide for a quick primer on the statewide and judicial candidates who have shown their commitment to improving Washington's place as a globally competitive state and AWB's position on three statewide initiatives.   Read more »

How will the election affect employers? Watch AWB webinar Wednesday morning for insights and analysis

Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs, will lead a wide-ranging discussion on election results this Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. Watch and ask questions live as AWB analyzes the effect of local, state and national election results on Washington's business climate.   Read more »

Passages: Sen. Andy Hill, lead Senate budget-writer, dies of lung cancer at age 54

Sen. Andy Hill, chairman of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, died last week after battling a recurrence of lung cancer. Hill, 54, was the lead budget-writer in the Senate. Leaders on both sides of the aisle praised him as a smart, dedicated public servant.    Read more »

Watch for the latest edition of Washington Business magazine

Check your mailbox for the Fall edition of AWB's quarterly magazine. The cover story highlights the latest high-tech advances in agriculture, from genetics to "flying tractors." Other features zero in on nuclear technician training in the Tri-Cities, the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a close look at Washington's proposed Clean Air Rule and Initiative 732.    Read more »

I-732 update: Despite misleading pro-732 ad, the truth is that new carbon tax would make everyone pay

Supporters of I-732 released an unsettling ad last week that falsely claims consumers and households won't pay for the new carbon tax. The fact is, families would pay 25 cents more per gallon for gasoline and household energy bills would rise by $448 a year by 2020 and by $695 a year by the time the carbon tax reaches its maximum. A coalition of labor, environmental groups and employers across the state are rejecting this costly new tax on consumers.    Read more »


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Focus on Sustainability

Boeing, Alaska Air lauded for leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

By Andrew McIntosh, The Puget Sound Business Journal.

Two of Puget Sound's biggest aerospace companies are working hard to cut emissions as part of the regional efforts to combat climate change, a new report says.

Boeing Co. and Alaska Air Group each adopted a series of small but important measures that can make a difference, according to a new Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce report.

Entitled "Bright Green in an Emerald City," the report lists dozens of examples of emission-reduction efforts at companies, a university and some non-profits.

Boeing and Alaska Airlines are praised for developing shorter, more precise routes for incoming aircraft traffic flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport... Every Sea-Tac flight using such approaches conserves an average of 87 gallons of fuel, and saves passengers nine minutes of flying, the Seattle Chamber's report said.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced with each of these flights equals to what a small car would use, driving all the way from Seattle to Minneapolis, the report added.

Read the full story in The Puget Sound Business Journal
The Risks of I-732

Collaborate, don't regulate carbon

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington state employers are proven leaders and innovators in energy conservation, carbon reduction and environmental efforts.

The record proves this is already taking place without a carbon tax, but rather through innovation and collaboration.

Washington's population has increased 43 percent since 1990 and the economy has grown 260 percent, yet carbon emissions are down 18 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

From small operations to large steel mills, companies have built sustainability and environmental stewardship into their operations, not as an afterthought.

Despite this solid environmental record, voters will be faced with a choice to raise the cost of energy -- the engine that keeps Washingtonians moving and warm -- through Initiative 732. It would put in place a carbon tax under the guise of doing what employers and residents are already doing -- lowering carbon emissions. But, it is not without risk to the economy, K-12 education and our low- and fixed-income neighbors...

Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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