September 30, 2019
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It's time! AWB's Manufacturing Week bus leaves this week on seven-day cross-state tour



This week, AWB’s Manufacturing Week bus will begin a seven-day statewide tour to visit dozens of the state’s top manufacturers. The goal of this third-annual tour is to highlight the importance of manufacturing to Washington’s economy by touring the state and stopping at some of the state’s most innovative and successful manufacturers.

KNKX radio previewed the tour with a regional news report this morning, noting that today’s clean, high-tech manufacturing is far removed from images of dirty manufacturing in years past.

As the state’s manufacturing association, AWB represents approximately 1,200 members in the manufacturing industry, which is a pillar of Washington's economy. According to U.S. Department of Labor, in 2017 there were approximately 7,636 manufacturers in Washington that provided over 280,000 jobs. The average manufacturing compensation is $88,492 per year, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Total output from manufacturing was $58.77 billion in 2017. That’s 11.6 percent of the total output for the state.

Manufacturing matters. That’s the message as AWB begins the Manufacturing Week tour this Wednesday in Vancouver, then heads up to Bellingham, east to Colville, Spokane and Pullman, and concludes with stops in Yakima and Kitsap County.

This year, AWB hopes the tour will raise awareness of the foundational role manufacturing plays, support the successful growth of our state’s manufacturing sector, call attention to the challenges facing manufacturers in Washington, and make connections on the road so that AWB can serve our members and our state in the best way possible.

We encourage you to follow along during the week on the AWB blog and social media channels with the hashtag #MFGisWA, and come out to a Manufacturing Tour event near you. We look forward to seeing you starting this Wednesday for Manufacturing Week.



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The Times recommends: Reject car tabs Initiative 976 and its devastating effects

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

In his latest ballot measure, initiative promoter Tim Eyman is overreaching again. He conjures a fantasy world in which Washington's transportation infrastructure is complete, efficient and everlasting.

The real-life Initiative 976 is a direct threat to Washington's well-being. It would cut repairs to streets and bridges of 62 districts across the state, delay voter-approved mass transit in mid-construction and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. The statewide transportation budget, including highway construction and the State Patrol, would be shorted $4 billion over the next decade.

Little wonder large employers including Amazon, Alaska Airlines and Microsoft, business groups, city and county officials, unions and environmental concerns oppose I-976...

Nothing about I-976 is a good idea, in terms of responsible governance or prudent money management. Eyman asks voters to buy a falsity that there's some miraculous way to fund our state's backlog of bridge, road and transit needs. Because the courts cannot end this toxic nonsense quickly enough, voters must reject I-976 themselves.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times