February 4, 2019
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Save the date: Learn about Opportunity Zone tax incentives at Feb. 27 seminar

Mark your calendars for Feb. 27 to learn more about new tax incentives in Washington’s agribusiness sector.

AWB is hosting a lunch seminar in SeaTac that will highlight how investors with capital gains can take advantage of changes in the federal tax code. The 2017 Tax Reform and Jobs Act has led to the creation of Qualified Opportunity Zones, which are economically distressed areas that qualify for the new incentive.

Mary B. Baker of K&L Gates will give a presentation at this event. Opportunities in agriculture include investments in buildings, silos, machinery, packing lines and more, the firm reports.

A location for the event will be announced soon. To learn more and register today, please click here.

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Bridging the divide between Washington state and D.C.

By AWB President Kris Johnson

On a map, the distance from our Washington to the "other" Washington looks so far away. But, policies being made and debated there hit us here in Washington state.

Take trade policies, for example.

As one of the most trade-driven states in the nation, what happens with trade agreements has a direct impact on Washington state's economy.

A recent report found that Washington farmers and other export-dependent producers saw their foreign sales drop by as much as 28 percent during the six months after the United States began imposing tariffs on trading partners.

That's one reason why the Association of Washington Business and its members have become more engaged than ever on the national front. In fact, AWB staff and 25 business owners and leaders recently returned from the association's fifth D.C. Fly-in...

Read the full guest column in The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
Hydropower Is Crucial

The Snake River dams fill a power gap. Lawmakers need to know that

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

Saying we don't need the four lower Snake River dams because they generate just a small percentage of the region's electricity is a bit like saying the Seattle Mariners don't need relief pitchers who are in the game for only an inning or two.

The dams, like a closing pitcher, are needed for their reliability and to fill in during critical times.

As lawmakers consider Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to make Washington 100 percent carbon free, we hope they grasp the role hydropower plays in providing clean, renewable, low-cost power to the region

We also hope they come to understand the essential role the Snake River dams play in the power-generating system...

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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