February 26, 2018
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Legislation of Note

SB 5935: Rural broadband

AWB and several members testified on Senate Bill 5935 last week before the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. Mike Ennis, AWB government affairs director for rural issues and infrastructure, said the bill builds on the strengths of Washington's many private-sector telecom
providers, that together employ 22,000 people in the state.

The bill would:

  • require cities and towns to enact an ordinance for issuing master permits for siting and installing small cell facilities;
  • Create the Governor's Office on Broadband Access;
  • Authorize some public utility districts to provide end-user internet services on the PUD's broadband network; and,
  • Authorize some port districts to provide wholesale internet services.

The full testimony from Ennis is available on TVW.

The bill is scheduled for a committee vote this Thursday. For more information, contact Ennis at 360.943.1600.

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All Manufacturers Need Relief

Manufacturing jobs key to all of our communities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.

The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.

Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.

Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.

The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...

Read the full guest column in The Olympian
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