August 7, 2017
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Dhingra leads in key Senate race after primary vote

Democratic candidate Manka Dhingra is leading Republican candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund in a key race that will determine control of the state Senate. Dhingra took 51.4 percent of the vote to Englund's 41.5 percent. Both candidates will move on to the general election.

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Primary election: Durkan ahead in Seattle mayoral contest; sales tax increase for arts is defeated

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan finished well ahead of the myriad other Seattle mayoral candidates in last week's primary election. The second spot on the fall ballot will likely go to urban panner Cary Moon. Meanwhile, Seattle voters rejected a sales tax increase to fund the arts and culture.

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In Seattle Times op-ed, AWB joins calls for new nominee to lead Ex-Im Bank

As one of the most trade-driven states in the nation, Washington's manufacturing economy is energized and supported by the little-known but crucial agency known as the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Unfortunately, the current nominee to lead the bank, former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, is the wrong choice, AWB President Kris Johnson wrote last week in a Seattle Times op-ed.

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Alaffia founders speaking in Africa on trade and using business for social good

A fast-growing Tumwater company is being showcased as a model for social enterprises during an African trade conference this week. Alaffia founders Olowo-n'djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde are taking part in a summit in Togo that's part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Alaffia was featured this year as part of AWB's Grow Here campaign celebrating Washington employers for improving lives and strengthening communities.

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Labor & Industries taking comments from employers on implementation of I-1433

Washington's new voter-approved mandatory paid sick leave law goes into effect in less than six months. The Department of Labor & Industries is taking comments from employers as part of the rule-making process to implement the law. AWB is also offering a webinar to help employers get up to speed on the new rules.

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Other News

Longshore union expects passage of contract extension with Pacific Maritime Association

With memories of the protracted contract dispute of 2014 still fresh, negotiations between the longshore union and the operators of West Coast ports have reportedly resulted in a three-year contract extension. This ensures stability and smooth operations at the ports through 2022.

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Inslee taps Cheryl Strange to serve as DSHS secretary

Cheryl Strange, who has served as CEO of Western State Hospital for the past year, has been named the new leader of the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). She was previously assistant director for the DSHS Mental Health Division.

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Legislature gets a D+ in annual poll of lobbyists

Partisan rancor and last-minute budget negotiations are hurting the state's legislative process, lobbyists said in an annual poll conducted by Elway Research. Lawmakers and the governor earned their lowest ratings in seven years as the 2017 session got a D+ overall grade.

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PNNL recognized for excellence in support of Hanford Vit Plant

Bechtel has honored Pacific Northwest Nataional Laboratory (PNNL) for excellence and commitment to quality in its support of the Hanford Vit Plant. Over 16 years, PNNL has helped resolve technical challenges in this complex, first-of-its-kind program to turn radioactive and chemical waste into sturdy glass.

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Spokane International Airport CEO honored by Airport Revenue News

Larry Krauter, CEO of Spokane International Airport, has been named 2017 Director of the Year in the small airports category by Airport Revenue News.

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Tesoro reborn as Andeavor

Tesoro has unveiled a new identity. The company, which employs 425 people at its Anacortes refinery, has rebranded as Andeavor Corp. after a merger with Western Refining Inc.

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Jacobs Engineering Group will buy CH2M Hill

A Dallas-based firm, Jacobs Engineering Group, has announced that it will buy Denver-based CH2M Hill for $2.85 billion.

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Ex-Im Bank to host 'Grow Your Business Internationally' workshop in Lacey

Even small businesses can sell their products across the world. To help employers tap into global markets, the Washington Export Outreach Team (part of the Seattle office of the U.S. Export-Import Bank) will offer a workshop Sept. 6 in Lacey.

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Passages: Jeff Brotman, Costco co-founder and chairman

The co-founder of Costco, Jeff Brotman, died unexpectedly last Tuesday at age 74. He built Costco into a global retail powerhouse, and was also prominent in philanthropic and civic circles.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council to meet Aug. 8 in Seattle

The AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council will discuss the 2017 legislative session, begin discussion about 2018 legislative objects, and more during an Aug. 8 meeting in Seattle. Contact Eric Lohnes, AWB government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy, to learn more.

AWB Events & Resources

Futurist Jacob Morgan to give lunchtime keynote at Policy Summit

With little more than a month until Policy Summit, the deadline is approaching for the reduced room rate. Reserve your Suncadia room by Aug. 19 to guarantee a spot in AWB's room block. And be sure to secure your spot at Policy Summit, with an expanded agenda this year that includes a focus on federal affairs and will feature keynotes by futurist and best-selling author Jacob Morgan and Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. Reserve your space today.

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Webinar: Learn how to prepare for I-1433 paid sick and safe leave that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018

Washington voters approved Initiative 1433, which raised the statewide minimum wage and created a new mandate on employers to provide Paid Safe and Sick Leave. The new leave policy goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018, and will apply to every employer in the state with hourly employees. Find out what's required, and how to prepare, in a Sept. 6 webinar with Tim O'Connell of the law firm Stoel Rives.

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Webinar: Learn the latest on Washington's new Paid Family & Medical Leave law

Washington's new Paid Family and Medical Leave law was negotiated with employer concerns front and center, especially small businesses. Learn what's happening with this new law during an Oct. 19 webinar with AWB Government Affairs Director Bob Battles, who was a major employer advocate at the table during this legislative session.

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Rural Jobs Summit to be held at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake

Top legislative leaders from both parties will gather in Moses Lake Oct 23-24 for AWB's Rural Jobs Summit. Big Bend Community College will host the event, which will continue the discussion started this spring about how to bring jobs to rural Washington and economic prosperity to the entire state. Watch this new video for more.

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Webinar: Learn how to navigate the Legislature online

Follow the latest legislative news right from your computer or phone with the tips, tricks and details that we'll teach you at the upcoming "Navigating & Bill Tracking" webinar. Cheri Randich of the Legislative Information Center will offer her insights on tracking the legislative process at this Nov. 8 AWB webinar.

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AWB offers long-term care solutions for you and your employees

As part of its range of services to help employers provide great benefits to their employees, AWB now offers a long-term care product. In partnership with Long Term Care Associates, this plan will help employers and employees protect their assets and experience peace of mind.

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AWB Institute

Celebrate Washington's vibrant manufacturing sector during Manufacturing Week this October

Manufacturing is the backbone of Washington's economy. To help highlight manufacturing in Washington, AWB will cross the state this October in a week-long tour. A video looks at all that's ahead during this busy, insight-filled week.

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Save the date for Manufacturing Summit Oct. 5

The AWB Institute's annual Manufacturing Summit will be held Oct. 5. Highlights will include a roundtable discussion on manufacturing issues with state and national leaders, as well as presentation of the Manufacturing Excellence awards.

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Manufacturing Day will open up shop floors to neighbors, lawmakers and students

Washington's manufacturers are often too busy designing and creating products to open their doors to the public, and that means that the innovative work they do is often not visible to the general public. To tell the great story of modern manufacturing, Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6 will help Washington's manufacturers swing their doors open to a curious and admiring public.

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AWB Institute offers internship bulletin board website to connect employers with interns

The Association of Washington Business Institute is helping connect employers with community and technical college students across Washington state to set up internships. Employers will receive support throughout the internship process. Check out the internship bulletin board!

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Tweet of the Week

Tracing the 787

They Said It

Tax Fatigue

"Maybe generous voters finally are wearying of the endless roulette of tax levies floated by local leaders. So many levies have been approved, maybe the politicians started to take your "yes" votes for granted." ~ Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, about the rejection of Seattle's Proposition 1, a sales tax increase to fund arts and culture.

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Real Leadership for Ex-Im

President Trump's Export-Import Bank nominee is no friend of American enterprise

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Like any agency, the Ex-Im Bank could use a reform-minded leader with a focus on efficiency and ensuring a good return on investment. We would support those efforts.

However, we cannot support the consideration of someone like former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, who denies the need for the bank and its crucial role in fostering a strong manufacturing sector to lift up families, many of which populate our nation's rural regions.

AWB and its nearly 7,000 members will keep a close eye as more names surface to fill the top role at the Ex-Im Bank. And we'll be ready to take action as needed.

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Beyond One-Party Rule

Washington state is better served by a split government

By former Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom

As a Democrat, I am sorry to say that, for the 30 years Democrats largely controlled all levers of power in Olympia, we spent expanded revenues more than 2 to 1 on non-education items versus education funding...

Jobs change lives. The Democrat and Republicans in the Senate Majority Coalition believe that. That is their focus. They believe that responsible budget policies can help encourage job creation and that a focus on educational outcomes will help prepare people for a super competitive, global jobs market.

Once again, this balance of powers will be tested by a special election in the 45th district with political newcomers running for the seat held by the late Sen. Andy Hill, a Redmond Republican...

It might be easier to have a house with only dogs or only cats -- or with only Democrats. But I prefer we figure out how to all get along together. That is better for us. It is better for our communities. It is better for our state.

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
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