June 23, 2014
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Governor, senators, AWB send unified message of support for Export-Import Bank

Leaders on both sides of the aisle know that the Export-Import Bank of the United States helps Washington businesses of all sizes sell their goods across the globe -- and employ American workers in the process. But with a looming September deadline to reauthorize the bank, the push is on to tell the story of these businesses to a few skeptical members of Congress.

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State revenue up, but Inslee tells department heads to prepare for cuts

The latest revenue forecast shows the state moving in the right direction, but maybe not fast enough to keep up with demands.

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New plan to repair tunnel-boring machine calls for 86 tons of steel

The contractor overseeing the Highway 99 tunnel project announced plans last week to beef up Bertha in hopes of getting her moving next year.

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Rich Hadley to lead AWB's new grassroots chamber initiative

The former Greater Spokane Incorporated CEO will lead effort to strengthen ties with local chambers and build support for employers in advance of a difficult 2015 legislative session.

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HR Forum: Pro tips on how to hire great new employees while staying out of the courtroom

A LinkedIn account executive will be just one of many experts to bring the latest human resources insights to AWB's July 10 forum in Seattle. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Climate Committee meeting Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Agenda includes updates related to Gov. Jay Inslee's Executive Order on climate and finalizing AWB's Legislative Objective on climate change.

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Industrial Stormwater work group meeting Thursday at 10 a.m.

Plans to discuss comments on the Department of Ecology's draft Industrial Stormwater General Permit.

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Join AWB's new minimum wage committee

As activists take their "15 Now" fight from SeaTac and Seattle to cities around the state -- and nation -- what ideas, solutions and response should businesses bring to the table? Join AWB's new minimum wage committee to help us formulate a unified front.

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Other News

Whistleblower judge speaks before legislative committee, but gag order limits testimony

Patricia Petersen has been on paid leave since accusing the second-in-command in Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler's office of pressuring her to decide cases in Kreidler's favor.

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Seattle business community needs support to bring $15 minimum wage ordinance up for public vote

The Seattle business community is on a tight deadline to collect enough signatures to force the city's new $15 minimum wage to a public vote. They need your help.

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Editorial: Department of Ecology wielding SEPA regulations like a weapon, rather than a tool

While reasonable environmental regulations protect everyone, the state's unprecedented goal "review" of coal export terminals is simply an effort to kill the project before it even gets started, The Tri-City Herald writes.

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Editorial: Gov. Inslee's office can't duck the importance of looming water quality issue

Labor leaders are right to warn about the major job impacts of proposed new water quality standards, and Gov. Jay Inslee's office needs to take their objections seriously, The Seattle Times writes.

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AWB named a finalist for Chamber of the Year

Washington's state chamber is the first statewide chamber ever to make the final cut in a national competition normally won by local and regional chambers.

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Jocelyn McCabe leaving AWB to start communications consulting business

AWB's vice president of communications led two gubernatorial debates, website redesign during six-year tenure.

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AWB hires Brian Temple as digital media coordinator

The longtime video producer and instructor will enhance AWB's ability to tell the story of our members.

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State starts over in search for new ferries chief

WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson passes on both of the two finalists.

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Comments needed on Department of Revenue rulemaking attempt

Officials allowing comments by June 30 on possible changes in rules governing interstate and international sales.
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Governor's committee on disability issues seeking nominations for employer awards

Employers who go the extra mile to recruit, hire, promote and retain employees with disabilities are eligible for an award recognizing their work as role models. Award nominations are now being accepted.

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AWB Events & Resources

Suncadia rooms going quickly for 25th anniversary AWB Policy Summit

The AWB block of rooms at the Suncadia Resort is going quickly as registrations ramp up for the 25th anniversary AWB Policy Summit. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal will bring leadership lessons from his long career in the U.S. Army, and we'll also hear from a wide range of the state's business and political leaders. Register now.

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Hear from top Department of Financial Institutions officials at Equity Crowdfunding Summit

Leading state financial regulators and the legislative sponsor of this year's "equity crowdfunding" bill will speak at the upcoming Crowdfunding Summit in Seattle.

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They Said It

Costs Matter

"We're open for business." ~ Carl Adrian, president of the Tri-City Development Council, speaking to KUOW about the possibility that some Seattle entrepreneurs might want to relocate due to the $15 per hour minimum wage.

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A rare voice on minimum wage

By Erik Smith
The Seattle Times
.. at long last, Howard Behar has had it with that talk of "sticking it to the man."

"First of all, it's not just the man anymore," he says. "It's the man and the woman. But is that what we think this is about? We're trying to get somebody?"

Click to read the full column from The Seattle Times

Better Living Through Big Data

By Brian Mittge
Association of Washington Business
A Seattle startup helps small businesses create 'a culture of health' through data collection, number crunching and smart presentation. Meet Health 123.

Click to read the full story from Washington Business Magazine
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