December 7, 2015
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Gov. Inslee visits AWB, takes questions from Executive Committee

Gov. Jay Inslee stopped by AWB last week
to talk with the Executive Committee and take questions from leading employers. As Inslee was about to leave for this week’s global climate conference in Paris, many of the questions were about carbon, specifically Inslee’s executive action to set a carbon cab for some of the state’s largest employers.

During the back-and-forth discussion, AWB members noted that businesses have voluntarily reduced carbon significantly, with industrial emissions lower than at 1990 levels. Inslee responded with a surprising claim, that employers have done “nothing” since 2008 to address climate change.

This infographic from the Washington Climate Collaborative is evidence to the contrary, listing just some of the ways that Washington employers and citizens are making a real difference through collaboration, innovation and a sense of shared resposibility.

For more on how AWB is sharing the good news of green business efforts, contact Brandon Houskeeper, government affairs director for climate, carbon and the environment.

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Becoming a Top Ten State

Opportunities begin here in Washington state

By AWB President Kris Johnson and Washington Roundtable President Steve Mullin

The central Puget Sound region and Washington have long been a center of global trade.

A look behind the numbers, however, reveals that many Washingtonians are falling behind. And far too many young people fail to get the education they need to succeed and compete for great jobs being created by Washington employers.
Click here to read the full op-ed from Kris Johnson and Steve Mullin
Investing in Jobs

Boeing incentives are good for WA

By Rob McKenna

We're not talking about tax giveaways here; they're incentives to keep incredibly valuable airplane manufacturing right here in Washington. Our state benefits enormously from Boeing's presence. Just ask governors and business leaders in other states -- they'd love to have even a fraction of Boeing's high-tech manufacturing jobs in their states.

That's why it's somewhat amusing to see the showy handwringing in Olympia recently about these incentives. The tax incentive package passed overwhelmingly in a special session in November 2013 precisely because most state leaders grasp that the economic activity Boeing produces, the high-paying jobs it provides, and the taxes it generates far outweigh the theoretical value of the tax incentives.

Simply put, the incentives are a good deal for the state of Washington -- no handwringing needed.
Click here to read the full blog post at Smarter Government Washington
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