February 26, 2018
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Seattle mayor highlights disparities, challenges in first State of the City address

In her first State of the City address, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan promised to tackle homelessness and affordable housing, the Seattle Times reports.

Durkan said Seattle will be better off “when prosperity is shared, and is not just for the few.”

“We have a booming economy,” Durkan said. “Yet far too many of us — our families, neighbors, artists, small businesses — are being forced out of the city that they love.”

Seattle’s economic boom and rising real estate prices have gone hand in hand in recent years. The city continues to draw opportunity seekers from around the nation and the world. Yet, homelessness, rising property taxes and rents have emerged as major issues.

Durkan, Seattle's first woman mayor since the 1920s, also acknowledged transportation problems and unsustainable spending in city government.

She also said the city’s economic boom won’t last forever.

“In preparing next year’s budget, I will be asking all the city’s departments to recognize we have to live within our city’s means,” she said.

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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...

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