August 14, 2017
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Discussions on Hirst, but no movement on this key rural issue

The last items left for the Legislature this year are passing a capital budget and fixing the state Supreme Court's Hirst ruling, which left property owners across the state high and dry when it comes to access to water and development options. AWB has a new one-page issue brief exploring the issue.

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Opposition grows to Scott Garrett as nominee to lead Export-Import Bank

Newspaper editorial boards from Spokane to Vancouver are joining AWB, the National Association of Manufacturers and employers across the nation in saying that former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett is the wrong choice to lead the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

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Alaffia's founders tell their story to an international audience at African trade summit

The founders of a growing Washington employer told their company's ongoing success story to an attentive audience last week at the African Growth and Opportunity Act conference held in Togo. Alaffia, based in Tumwater, was held up as an international success story at the conference.

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Policy Summit just a month away; attendees invited to take 'employee experience' survey

With Policy Summit just a month away, now is the time to reserve a spot -- and to take a customized employee experience survey that futurist Jacob Morgan has developed for companies like Facebook and Apple. Also, be sure to reserve your Suncadia room by Aug. 19 to guarantee a spot in AWB's room block and reduced rate.

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AWB Institute and PNNL hold STEM academy

Middle and high school teachers from across the state visited Pacific Northwest National Laboratories last week for a hands-on academy focused on the increasingly important educational areas known as STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The AWB Institute helped make the STEM Academy possible.

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Other News

Boeing investment in Washington increases to $13.5 billion in 2016

Washington's economy and communities benefitted by a total of $13.5 billion last year because of the presence of The Boeing Co. Between its payroll, taxes, purchases from suppliers, donations and other expenditures, "we continue to invest in our future here," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President Bill McSherry.

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Washington's revenue forecast comes in higher than predicted

State tax collections are coming in higher than anticipated. The state's Revenue Forecast Council said the state collected $49.6 million more than expected over the past month.

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Seattle Times: Northwest maritime labor force headed for a retirement cliff

With nearly a third of the workforce about to retire, the water transportation workforce of the Northwest is about to face a major workforce crunch. That matters, because the maritime workforce supports a $17 billion industry in Washington, and the average maritime laborer makes almost $67,000 a year.

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College graduates in Washington have some of the lowest average student debt in the nation

A new survey finds that college graduates in Washington carry about $3,000 less debt than the average graduate across the country. That's in part because the first-in-the-nation state college tuition reduction included in the 2015 state budget.

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U.S. Rep. Newhouse to host resource fair in Tonasket for veterans

Veterans can learn how to tap into health and benefits during a resource fair hosted by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse on Aug. 28 in Tonasket.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Immigration Committee will meet Aug. 18

The AWB Immigration Reform Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, at AWB in Olympia. Contact Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director for workplace, labor and employment issues, to learn more, or Connie Carlson for call-in options.



AWB Climate & Energy Committee to meet Aug. 23

The AWB Climate & Energy Committee will meet at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at AWB in Olympia. The Nature Conservancy's policy team will be at the meeting. Contact Mary Catherine McAleer, AWB government affairs director for environmental policy, to learn more, or Connie Carlson for call-in options.



Join AWB Employment Law Committee on Aug. 28

The AWB Employment Law Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, at AWB in Olympia. Contact Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director for workplace, labor and employment issues, to learn more, or Connie Carlson for call-in options.



AWB Events & Resources

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 leg.wa.gov & 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

New Nominee Needed to Lead Ex-Im Bank



They Said It

Hirst Hurts Rural Washington

"The practical result of this holding is to stop counties from granting building permits that rely on permit-exempt wells. ... The majority's holding pushes a massive, and likely insurmountable, burden onto individuals applying for a building permit." ~ Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens, in her dissent last fall in the Hirst decision. AWB takes a look at the latest in the Hirst case in a new issue brief.




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Don't Halt Working Ports


Seattle fossil fuel ban hurts rural areas

By Lee Newgent, executive secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council

I'm an ironworker by trade. I can't tell you how much satisfaction is gained from working on a major infrastructure project -- a building or a bridge. It's an amazing feeling to know you helped create something from the ground up, something that will create jobs and economic development opportunities.

Unfortunately, there are fewer of those jobs to be had in Washington these days. And if groups like the Seattle City Council have their way, there will be even fewer people to build those new office complexes, let alone enough infrastructure to power our trade-based economy.

I'm talking, of course, about the council's recent -- and unanimous -- resolution prohibiting new fossil fuel infrastructure in Seattle. This same resolution denounced other statewide energy projects, calling on state agencies to deny permits for Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview and Vancouver Energy in Vancouver....

Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
Not the Right Choice


Trump should dump his Ex-Im nominee

By The Spokesman-Review Editorial Board

If President Donald Trump truly meant what he said in April about the value of the Export-Import Bank, he will find a nominee who unequivocally supports the mission.

The current choice, Scott Garrett, is not that person...

Support for the bank in trade-dependent Washington is a no-brainer. The Business Roundtable and the Association of Washington Business are among the business groups critical of the Garrett nomination. In an op-ed for The Seattle Times, AWB President Kris Johnson noted the importance of the bank, writing:  "Since 2012, Washington state's economy has benefited greatly. In total, 174 companies utilized the bank's services, representing $78 billion in export value to the state."

If Trump truly wants to put America first, he will find someone who fully supports the bank's mission.

Read the full editorial in The Spokesman-Review
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