November 9, 2015
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State restaurant group announces support for statewide minimum wage increase 'done the right way'

Seattle, SeaTac and now Tacoma voters have all approved local minimum wage increases that apply solely to their cities. This is creating confusion and the need for a statewide solution, according to the Washington Restaurant Association. The group announced last week it will support a statewide increase to the minimum wage but only if it is “done the right way.”

Washington Restaurant CEO Anthony Anton said in a statement, “We are in support of an increase in minimum wage done the right way. We have learned through local discussions that there are ways to support neighborhood restaurants and raise compensation for employees. However, our state now has multiple different minimum wages with the likelihood of many more to come. It’s creating a checkerboard of wage laws that are difficult on everyone. We are looking for a positive state-wide solution. Restaurants are calling for local and state lawmakers to join together to find an answer.”

Mayors of Spokane and Tacoma advocated for a statewide solution to create a uniform minimum wage at AWB’s Policy Summit in September. Olympia Business Watch blog has the details.

It is not yet clear what solution the restaurant group will put forward in 2016. For more information on the minimum age issue, contact Director of Government Affairs Bob Battles at 360.943.1600.

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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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