September 25, 2017
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Manufacturing Tour begins this Friday on Olympic Peninsula and Grays Harbor

It's time! AWB's inaugural Manufacturing Tour kicks off this week with a tour of manufacturers on the Olympic Peninsula and down through Shelton into Aberdeen. The tour continues next week with a total of 2,000 miles and more than 60 stops at manufacturing employers in every corner of Washington.

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Sold-out Policy Summit full of discussions on economy, state and federal issues and AWB's Grow Here employer image campaign

There was no shortage of issues to discuss at this year's three-day Policy Summit at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. The event kicked off Tuesday afternoon with the first-ever AWB Federal Affairs Summit, featuring U.S. Reps. Denny Heck and Dave Reichert, and headed into a full program Wednesday that covered everything from higher education and workforce training to international trade and breakout sessions on tax and environmental issues and what's ahead for education and small businesses.

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U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Reps. Denny Heck and Dave Reichert join AWB at first-ever Federal Affairs Summit

Congress reconvened this month and the agenda is full, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Denny Heck and Dave Reichert told a standing-room-only crowd at AWB's inaugural Federal Affairs Summit. The event began with House members on Tuesday and concluded with both U.S. senators on Thursday.

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Fourth Leadership Washington cohort, the Class of '18, kicks off a year of learning and growth

The AWB Institute's Leadership Washington program entered its fourth year last week. Thirteen current and future business leaders began a year-long educational tour of state to learn about Washington's diverse economy, industry sectors and policy issues.

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Carbon tax discussions already underway as tribes, environmental groups consider 2018 ballot measures; Governor tells panel Washington will stick with Paris Climate Agreement

Washington state is a national leader in clean energy and carbon emission reduction, but tribal leaders announced last week they may seek a carbon tax in a statewide ballot initiative next fall. Environmental groups followed suit, saying they hope to find broad concensus on a carbon tax proposal of their own.

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Reserve your seat at Manufacturing Summit Oct. 5 in Seattle

Seats are still available for the AWB Institute's Manufacturing Summit, which will be held Oct. 5 at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle. Highlights will include a roundtable discussion on manufacturing issues with state leaders, as well as presentation of the Manufacturing Excellence awards.

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Federal Issues

New Ex-Im Bank nominees announced

The presidential administration has announced three nominees to serve on the U.S. Export-Import Bank's board of directors. Unlike a controversial previous nominee, Scott Garrett, these three nominees do not appear likely to oppose the central purpose of the bank itself.

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Other News

2018 workers' comp rate changes announced last week

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is proposing an average 2.5 percent reduction in workers' compensation insurance rates next year. If adopted, this will be the first reduction in Washington's workers' compensation rates since 2007.

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State revenue projections increase by $530 million through 2021

The state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council said tax revenues are increasing at a pace that will bring in an estimated $530 million more in tax collections by 2021.

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Rossi announces run for Rep. Reichert's U.S. House seat

State Sen. Dino Rossi, R-Redmond, will run for Congress next year. Longtime U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is retiring from his seat as congressman for the 8th District, opening up a high-profile race for 2018.

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Kaiser Permanente Washington kicks off $400 million investment in medical facilities

Kaiser Permanente announced last week that it is earmarking $400 million to renovate its flagship Capitol Hill campus and to build new clinics around the region. It's the first round of $1 billion in capital investments in Washington that the health care provider pledged as part of its acquisition of Group Health Cooperative.

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Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol plant

Two previously approved permits -- a shoreline permit and water quality certification -- for Northwest Innovation Works' methanol plant project in southwest Washington were invalidated last week by a Shorelines Hearings Board. This move comes just one year after plans for a Tacoma Tideflats methanol plant were scuttled.

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Gov. Inslee issues proclamation for national Manufacturing Day

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a proclamation in support of next week's Manufacturing Day, calling for employers to participate in this national day of celebration for America's vibrant manufacturing sector.

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AWB Events & Resources

Webinar Oct. 19: 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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Schedule filling up, seats selling out for Rural Jobs Summit 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. As of last week, only 50 seats remained for the two-day summit.

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Webinar Nov. 8: 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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Registration is open for fourth annual AWB D.C. Fly-in

Meet with members of Congress. Tell your story. Be part of the solution. AWB's 2017 D.C. Fly-in Dec. 4-6 offers business leaders and owners a chance to talk directly with members of Congress and other decision-makers in the nation's capital. Registration is now open for the fourth-annual D.C. Fly-in.

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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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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 and show off the great job opportunities to the next generation of workers.

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Tweet of the Week

Moving Forward

They Said It

Unlocking Potential

"Everyone has more potential than they realize. Everyone." ~ Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, during her keynote address last week at the 28th annual AWB Policy Summit.

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Crucial Energy for an Important Ally

The coal-terminal debate: A view from Japan

By Shozo Kaneko, a fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers

Japan is a global leader in aggressively pursuing high-efficiency/low-to-zero-emission technologies for generating electricity from coal. This includes some of the most technologically advanced coal-fired power generation plants in the world. We also want to import the highest quality coal possible to optimize our substantial investments in coal technology infrastructure.

Coal shipped through the Longview terminal is Powder River Basin coal. Due to its unique qualities, this coal is the most suitable fuel for the highly efficient gasification-based technologies we are developing at Fukushima and elsewhere. Japan needs a reliable supply of high-quality coal to support economic growth and national security while also meeting our stringent environmental requirements.

The Millennium project brings substantial benefits to Longview and the state of Washington -- and it also offers Japan a sound solution to its pressing energy-security challenges.

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
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