December 19, 2016
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Gov. Inslee proposes $8 billion tax increase

Employers and energy users would bear the brunt of the cost of more than $8 billion in new taxes Gov. Jay Inslee proposed last week. Inslee's proposal would increase B&O taxes on service businesses, create a carbon tax on energy, institute a capital gains income tax, revoke tax incentives on employers, and more.

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Inslee releases McCleary education funding proposal with 'firehose of money' from new taxes

Gov. Jay Inslee last week laid out his plan to complete state compliance with the Supreme Court's McCleary education funding ruling. The plan focuses on new taxes to pay for teacher pay increases. It includes property tax reductions, especially in richer districts, but there was little talk of education reform as part of the new 'firehose' of increased tax dollars.

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Minimum wage increases in a patchwork on Jan. 1 -- $11 an hour statewide, up to $15 hourly in Seattle

The minimum wage will increase on the first of the year, but how much will depend on the location. Whether in Tacoma, Seattle, SeaTac or elsewhere, Washington's patchwork of minimum wage rules will be on full display Jan. 1.

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Registration now open for Generation Workforce summit in Seattle

Join Rebecca Ryan, a noted futurist, economist and "brain shaker," at the AWB Workforce Summit on March 22 in Seattle. This new event will look at generational change in the workplace and highlight the strengths that each generation brings. Read more »

AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb less than a month away

Join AWB, fellow business leaders and elected and state agency officials to learn more about the Legislature on Jan. 17. Lend the employer perspective to Olympia at the annual Legislative Day and Hill Climb, presented by Microsoft. The morning will be filled with panels on key issues and a keynote address by Skylar Olsen, a senior economist at Zillow. The afternoon Hill Climb will be followed by a reception with lawmakers. Register here!

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Sustainability in Action

Aslan Brewing Company: Refreshing Environmental Success

By Washington Business magazine

Taking beer and building to a new, sustainable level, a craft brewer demonstrates how a time-honored cold beverage can take the edge off the climate.

With a commitment to organic ingredients, locally-sourced goods, and low-impact practices, the owners offer the community something new and refreshing, the sustainable way .
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
Workforce Matters

We must train next generation for the jobs Washington is creating

By Amy Morrison Goings and Gary Oertli

In these politically stressful times, there's one priority everyone can agree on: putting people to work in Washington. People need great jobs just as employers need great talent.

The most recent proof comes in the form of research by the Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable. The report projects there will be 740,000 job openings in Washington over the next five years. Most of those openings will be filled by people who have postsecondary education or training.

The jobs range from entry-level positions, to "pathway" jobs that then lead to well-paying careers. Many positions require not just a high school diploma and not necessarily a bachelor's degree, but somewhere in between -- such as an associate degree, or a certificate backed by industry need, or an apprenticeship. Others require a bachelor's degree or higher.

That's why it's so important for the Legislature to fund the entire pipeline of education in Washington, from pre-kindergarten through college. At the center of that pipeline is Washington's community and technical college system.
Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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