January 6, 2020
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AWB's latest Legislative Review, Fast Facts Year in Review helps employers prepare for 2020

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.

One of the more popular features of the annual Legislative Review 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.

And be sure to check out the 2019 Fast Facts Year in Review, which includes highlights from all over Washington to the nation's capital to a historic trade mission to Japan.

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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Forward into Space Investment

Federal space push is an opportunity for Washington

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.

That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.

But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.

As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times