December 16, 2019
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Prepare for upcoming legislative session with AWB's latest Legislative Review



As the employer community prepares for the 2020 legislative session, it's a great time to look back on what was accomplished, what was proposed, and what never came to pass during the 2019 session.

AWB's Government Affairs team assembled a review of the 2019 session by issue area, including taxation, health care, and infrastructure to environmental policy, employment law, and much more. We look at bills that will help the state's competitiveness and those that will create more challenges for employers. We look at missed opportunities and what's ahead for 2020.

The most popular part of the annual Legislative Review for many readers is the vote record, where we look at how every single lawmaker voted on issues of importance to the employer community.

A print edition of the 2019 Legislative Review is in the mail to all AWB members and to all members of the Legislature. It's also available to read online: www.bit.ly/2019-Legislative-Review.

Contact AWB Vice President, Government Affairs, Gary Chandler, to learn more about what's ahead in the 2020 legislative session and to learn how you can be involved in sharing your perspective with lawmakers.



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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle