July 21, 2014
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Gov. Inslee to speak at AWB Tuesday on climate change

Gov. Jay Inslee, who has made carbon reduction and climate change a keystone of his administration, will speak Tuesday at AWB's office about his initiatives.

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AWB, WashACE, Roundtable, embark on statewide listening tour

AWB will join other leading Washington business organizations to tour the state over the next two weeks, asking employers and community owners about their challenges and vision for strengthening Washington's economy. Findings from these small-group meetings will be shared at AWB's Policy Summit in September.    Read more »

2014 AWB Legislative Review released with full scores on all lawmakers

AWB's annual Legislative Review is hot off the presses, and the message is clear: lawmakers will have a heavy lift ahead of them in 2015. Now is the time for you to tell them about how their policy decisions affect your hiring decisions at home.    Read more »

Tell Congress your story of how the Export-Import Bank helps you or your customers

The Export-Import Bank of the United States directly supports international sales from 186 Washington businesses, but the ripple effect of those exports goes to thousands of employers. If your products are exported -- even indirectly, through another business -- thanks in part to Ex-Im financing, then what's happening in Congress matters to you. Take a moment to tell lawmakers your story.    Read more »

Businesses affected by wildfires can apply for state tax filing extension

One Okanogan County man died over the weekend trying to protect his home from one of the many wildfires burning throughout Eastern Washington, consuming buildings, timber and power lines. Businesses in counties affected by the wildfire state of emergency can ask the state Department of Revenue for a tax filing extension, or request a waiver of penalties if they miss the payment date.    Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB's regional meetings set for Sept. 3-11

AWB's 8,000-plus members help define the policies and priorities of the state's oldest and largest business association. Lend your voice to AWB's 2015 legislative priorities by visiting a regional meeting near you. They begin Sept. 3 in Vancouver and conclude Sept. 11 in Bellevue.

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Other News

Save the date: Manufacturing Summit & Awards Luncheon, Oct. 28

Manufacturing is alive and well in Washington and America, but there is more to be done to improve the business climate for "Made in America" goods. Learn more at AWB's Manufacturing Summit, which will be held Oct. 28. It's also time to nominate worthy manufacturers for AWB's Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

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Seattle referendum on $15 minimum wage unlikely to make the ballot

The signature count is falling short for a business-led effort to give citizens a chance to weigh in on Seattle's highest-in-the-nation minimum wage.

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Inslee joins slate of 33 governors urging support for Ex-Im Bank reauthorization

Thirty-three governors, led by the bipartisan team of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, sent a letter to Congress last week urging swift reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Failure to reauthorize the official credit export agency of the United States would cost thousands of jobs, the governors wrote.

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California looks at delaying cap-and-trade mandate for vehicle fuels

Lawmakers in California, concerned about the costs of their cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction plan, are considering a three-year delay on bringing gasoline and transportation fuels under the cap. Without the delay, drivers could see a 12 to 15 cent per gallon cost increase.

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About that mythical $8.7 billion tax break...

The Washington Research Council issued a policy brief last week with a simple but important reminder: Washington's tax policies that guaranteed 777X manufacturing in the state wasn't a subsidy or giveaway -- it was a pragmatic investment in guaranteeing jobs and tax revenues for decades to come.

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Gateway Pacific Terminal announces new layout that cuts wetlands impact in half

The developer of a bulk export terminal in Bellingham released a new site layout last week that cuts environmental impacts, including a 49 percent reduction in wetland impacts.

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NTSB details chain of systematic errors that led to I-5 Skagit Bridge collapse

The National Traffic Safety Board has unveiled its report and recommendations about last spring's collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River. From a pilot car driver distracted by a hands-free cell phone call to a system that "does not motivate carriers to conduct route surveys before transporting oversize loads," there was a lot that went wrong.

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Primary ballots mailed to voters for Aug. 5 election

Ballots went out last week for the primary election. With half of the state Senate and all of the House up for election -- plus congressional and local races -- this election matters.

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Passages: Former Revenue Department director and state Rep. Ellen McCaffree

Former state Rep. Mary Ellen McCaffree died last week at age 96. She was a Republican state representative in the 1960s who went on to serve as state Revenue Department director and chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton. Read more »

Passages: Former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies at 91

Vic Atiyeh, the last Republican governor of Oregon, guided the state through economic upheaval in the 1980s as the timber industry declined and international trade took its place as the cornerstone of the economy. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

Summer is upon us, which means Policy Summit is less than two months away

Meet other business leaders, engage with lawmakers and enjoy beautiful Suncadia Resort at AWB's Policy Summit Sept. 16-18. Reserve your spot today to hear from visionary leaders such as Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden and retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal.   Read more »

Learn about new opportunities to raise capital at Equity Crowdfunding Summit

Thanks to a new law passed this year, Washington businesses have a new way to raise money by selling stock directly to the general public. Learn about the possibilities at the Aug. 7 Equity Crowdfunding Summit in Seattle.    Read more »

They Said It

Rethinking the carbon tax

"Today, the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone: a useless, destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families' cost of living and which didn't actually help the environment." ~ Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, after the country repealed its unpopular carbon tax.

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High-Tech Boot Camp

By Brian Mittge, Association of Washington Business

Microsoft has unveiled a new training program that recruits service members, trains them to write computer code at St. Martins University, then guarantees them a job after they graduate.

Click to read the full story from Washington Business Magazine