December 9, 2019
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Save the date for AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb -- Jan. 28

The AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb is your chance to join the conversation in Olympia. The event allows AWB members to take business issues and concerns directly to our elected officials. Your participation helps AWB tell the story of how the current legislative agenda impacts private businesses across Washington, and allows you to inform state legislative agendas that address critical issues to the competitiveness of our state economy.

In addition to policy updates at the AWB offices, the Hill Climb gives attendees the opportunity to take their issues and concerns directly to their legislators on the capitol campus. This event brings together business leaders, legislators and special guests with one goal – to keep employer priorities top-of-mind with our elected officials. Non-members can register for the reception, but the hill climb and legislative update are members-only exclusive-access opportunities. If your business is a member of the state chamber of commerce, register today!

Need accommodations for a night or two? Join the AWB room block at the Hilton Garden Inn, Olympia. Simply call (360) 236-9934 and mention you'd like to join the "AWB Hill Climb" room block upon registration for your discounted rate.

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Spreading Christmas Joy

Vote on U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement for the sake of Washington's economic growth

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

But campaigning for president last summer, Inslee was skeptical of USMCA, siding with wary unions and environmental groups seeking more aggressive mandates...

With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Speak up

Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region's economy and fill it out

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.