December 12, 2016
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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers expected to be choice to head U.S. Department of the Interior

A longtime friend of Washington employers has been selected as the next secretary of the interior. President-Elect Donald Trump has reportedly chosen U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican, for the cabinet-level post overseeing America's public lands. The timing of the announcement has not been determined.

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AWB in D.C.: Congressional meetings, visits with national associations caps off third annual AWB D.C. Fly-in

AWB wrapped up its third annual D.C. fly-in last week. The event kicked off with a candlelight tour of the Capitol followed by two full days of meetings with the state's congressional delegation, the National Association of Manfacturers and others. The discussions covered trade and infrastructure as well as insights into the new administration.

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Governor to release his McCleary plan Tuesday and proposed 2017-19 state operating budget Wednesday

The governor will release his K-12 McCleary education funding plan this Tuesday. On Wednesday, he'll release his 2017-19 budget proposal. As legislators prepare for these documents, recently released numbers from the state Office of Financial Management have some lawmakers concerned about the process of calculating expenditures and what it could mean to taxpayers.

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AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb just one month away

Join AWB, fellow business leaders and elected and state agency officials to learn more about the Legislature and lend the employer perspective to Olympia at the annual Legislative Day and Hill Climb Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Hotel RL (formerly the Red Lion Hotel). The morning will be filled with panels on key issues and a keynote address by Skylar Olsen, a senior economist at Zillow. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with their lawmakers during the afternoon. The day ends with a networking reception. Registration is now open.

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Sustainability in Action

Building with renewables

By Washington Business magazine

With the tagline "engineered to outlive you," Brooks Manufacturing Co. designs and manufactures quality wood crossarms and transmission framing products for the electric utility industry. Established in 1915, Brooks Manufacturing has been owned and operated by the Brooks family since 1935. Brooks is a certified woman-owned business enterprise.

The company's Douglas fir crossarms come from sustainable forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
Jobs are Waiting

Wrap up review of Longview coal terminal

By The Everett Herald Editorial Board

As long as we're talking about bubbles, perhaps those of us in Snohomish and King counties ought to take a look outside ours to other parts of the state that aren't sharing in all aspects of the state's economic rebound.

Both counties enjoy the state's lowest unemployment rates as of October: 4 percent in Snohomish County and 3.7 percent in King. Counties in southwest Washington, however, continue to lag with unemployment rates of 6 percent in Clark, 7.2 percent in Cowlitz, 7.6 percent in Lewis and 8.6 percent in Wahkiakum County.
Read the full editorial in The Everett Herald (subscription required)
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