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Monday, February 22

AWB Statement on House Democrats’ Supplemental Budget Proposal

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business association representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement today from AWB President Kris Johnson regarding the House Democrats’ proposed supplemental operating budget:

"Lawmakers should be doing everything they can to sustain the economic recovery that’s driving growth in parts of Washington, but has yet to spread to the entire state, particularly our rural communities. Raising taxes now, when the economy is already beginning to show signs of weakness as evidenced by last week’s economic forecast, is simply the wrong approach.

We agree that starting teacher salary is an issue that should be addressed, but it should be handled during a regular budget-writing year, not as part of an off-year supplemental budget. In addition, lawmakers should be extremely cautious about how they use state rainy day funds.

We hope lawmakers will use the remaining days in this short legislative session to find ways to fund the priorities of this state without proposing tax hikes that will hurt employers, and that have been previously considered and rejected."

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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