November 14, 2016
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Washington election results show few major changes in statewide leadership

After a hard-fought election season, the major players and power dynamics in Olympia remain largely unchanged. Gov. Jay Inslee won reelection. The Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus will keep control of the state Senate. The House is likely to remain with a slight Democratic majority, although votes are still being counted in several close races. The results set up a split power dynamic in Olympia ahead of a 2017 legislative session that will open with a heavy workload.
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Voters reject I-732's carbon tax and higher energy costs

Initiative 732, the carbon tax that would increase the cost of energy and fuel for every Washingtonian, failed by a 59-41 percent margin. AWB was part of a broad coalition of environmental, agriculturist and organized labor groups that opposed I-732. Regardless of the initiative, employers are already doing their part to lower carbon emissions and increase efficiency. Read more »

I-1433: Voters approve $13.50 minimum wage and safe/sick leave mandate

Washington's minimum wage will increase from the current $9.53 to $13.50 per hour by 2020 under Initiative 1433, which voters approved last week. Employers will also be required to provide paid sick and safe leave to employees. Some language in the initiative is vague, however, leading to questions about how it will be implemented. Read more »

Puget Sound Business Journal special manufacturing report features AWB awards

Manufacturing remains the cornerstone of Washington's economy, with both challenges and opportunities. The Puget Sound Business Journal took a deep look at Washington's manufacturing sector in a recent special report -- which included coverage of AWB Institute's Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Read more »

Join AWB to celebrate outstanding employers at inaugural Evening of Excellence Nov. 30 at Benaroya Hall

Reserve your seats now for AWB's inaugural Evening of Excellence. Twenty award finalists will be among the many guests who will walk the red carpet at the black-tie event Nov. 30 at Benaroya Hall where the winners will be announced. The awards, presented by Banner Bank, recognize employers who harness innovation, take the lead on environmental stewardship, and build a better Washington for their employees and communities. Reserve your spot today for a memorable evening in Seattle! Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

Tax & Fiscal Policy Council to meet Monday, Nov. 21

The AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 at AWB for a discussion of election results, the state's Education Funding Task Force, the November revenue forecast, strategy in the 2017 legislative session, and much more. For information on the agenda and speakers, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Eric Lohnes. For call-in options, contact Connie Carlson.

Other News

Seaport Alliance gains market share despite global trade slowdown

The unified ports of Seattle and Tacoma are thriving, winning back market share from their rivals even as global trade slows. Read more »

Manufacturers to President-Elect Trump: We are the solution

AWB was among more than 1,100 signatories on a letter manufacturers sent to President-Elect Donald Trump last week. The message was simple -- employers have a unique responsibility and ability to help unify the country and bolster the promise of America. Read more »

Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 aims to boost local retailers

Support small businesses in a big way on Saturday, Nov. 26, during Small Business Saturday. This national event was created in 2010 to boost business at local retailers the day after Black Friday. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

Mark your calendar: Holiday Kids' Tree lighting set for Dec. 2

Olympia's favorite holiday tradition returns Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. The AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project has raised more than $370,000 since 1989 to buy Christmas gifts for families in need across the state. Join the lighting of the state's tree and consider donating to this festive and heartwarming project. Read more »

Spots filling up for AWB's fly-in to Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-7

Meet with national leaders during AWB's annual D.C. fly-in Dec. 5-7. AWB's Government Affairs team will lead the trip to the nation's capitol, including congressional visits, meetings with federal agencies and the new administration. It will also include a Washington state grand reception, a candlelight tour of the Capitol and more.
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Meet with lawmakers directly at 2017 Legislative Day and Hill Climb

It's time to look toward the 2017 legislative session, including AWB's annual Legislative Day and Hill Climb. This year's event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17. Save the date on your calendar and contact Kelli Schueler to learn more. Read more »

Finally, a 401(k) retirement plan built for small businesses!

An all-new website highlights MyFuture 401(k), a program that allows small-business owners to offer robust, full-featured retired plans for their employees without the costs and hassle of running a full retirement program on their own. Read more »

Tweet of the Week

Growth of the AWB Grassroots Alliance



They Said It

An Uneven Economy

"I hope Puget Sound starts paying more attention to the rest of the state. We're not seeing prosperity equally." ~ Former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, reacting to Wednesday's statewide voting results.


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Focus on Sustainability

Cardinal Glass: A Clear Path to Energy Efficiency

Cardinal's Washington-made glass and window products help its customers around the world save money -- and the planet.

Making glass is inherently energy-intensive, but Cardinal's finished product is so energy-efficient that its carbon footprint from glass production is essentially offset within a year by the customer's reduced carbon output from lower energy use.

And Cardinal keeps its energy use as low as possible: When operating at full capacity, Cardinal's plant in Winlock has one of the lowest total emissions per ton of glass shipped of any conventional float glass plant in the world.

Read the full story in Washington Business Magazine
Don't End Workplace Flexibility

New rules complicate seasonal hiring

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Here in Washington and throughout the nation, part-time and seasonal positions have long played an important role in the economy, providing jobs with flexible schedules that benefit employers and workers alike.

With Seattle's adoption of new scheduling ordinance that restricts how employers can schedule shifts, employers and employees should keep a close eye on the unintended consequences of the nearly 50-pages of regulations, including a loss of flexibility for part-time workers, and even the loss of some part-time jobs and the benefits that come with them.

Likewise, leaders in other communities would be wise to observe the process given the recent history of a regulation starting in Seattle and spreading elsewhere...

Read the full op-ed in The Wenatchee World
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