August 18, 2014
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AWB named runner-up in national Chamber of the Year competition

AWB was the first statewide chamber of commerce ever to make the final four in the Chamber of the Year contest held by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Last week, AWB was named runner-up in that competition. Read more »

Video: Norwest Ingredients depends on Ex-Im Bank for global mint sales

Farmers across the nation who harvest mint can thank the Export-Import Bank for enabling their high-quality crop to find international buyers. Norwest Ingredients, based in Royal City, sells mint oil around the globe, and the Ex-Im Bank makes it possible. Now is the time to stand up and support this vital part of America's export economy.
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Boeing breaks ground on 777X wing plant in Everett

The Boeing Company began demolition last week on three buildings that will be torn down to make room for the new 1.3 million-square-foot 777X composite wing construction center.
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Fiscal note estimates cost of proposed class-size reduction measure I-1351 at $4.7 billion

As the state faces a multi-billion dollar obligation to fully fund basic education, an initiative effort by the state's teacher's union would add another $4.7 billion in unfunded mandates to the deficit, according to newly released figures. Read more »

Registration opens today for Oct. 28 Manufacturing Summit

Registration opens today for the 2014 AWB Manufacturing Summit. This Oct. 28 event in Kent will highlight the innovation and growth of Washington's manufacturers. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

Meet the candidates at AWB-sponsored interviews around the state

AWB will hold a series of interviews with legislative candidates in late August and early September. This is your chance to meet the candidates and see which ones would help improve the state's business climate. Please note that Spokane's interview has been changed to from Sept. 5 to a new time and date of Sept. 4 from 3-5 p.m. Read more »

Workplace Safety Committee to meet on Aug. 25 with members of L&I and Occupational Safety

The Workplace Safety Committee will meet Aug. 25. AWB has invited staff from the Department of Labor and Industries' Division of Occupational Safety and Health to present on proposed penalty rule changes.
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Minimum Wage Committee sets next meeting for Aug. 25

After a productive meeting last week, AWB's Minimum Wage Committee is set a follow-up meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 25. Contact Bob Battles to learn more. The meeting will take place at AWB. A conference call option will be available; contact Connie Grande to sign up.

Time change: Health Care Committee to meet Aug. 26

Due to scheduling conflicts, the AWB Health Care Committee's meeting Aug. 26 has been moved to the afternoon. Members are urged to attend this meeting with the project director for the state's Health Care Price Transparency Project. Read more »

AWB water, air and land committees to meet Aug. 26 and 28

The AWB Water Quality Committee will meet Aug. 26. The Air Quality Committee will meet Aug. 27, with several members of the Department of Ecology on hand to answer questions. The Land Use Committee meets on Aug. 28. All meetings are at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars and contact Brandon Houskeeper or Mike Ennis at 800.521.9325 to learn more.

Take part in AWB's regional meetings Sept. 3-11

Meet with AWB leaders and share your story of how Washington's business climate is working -- or how it needs to improve. Help influence 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

State receives grant to boost STEM education

Washington has received a $170,000 grant to support increased education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. AWB members will be part of the rollout. Read more »

State's jobless rate improves, but rural corners of Washington still struggling

The heady days of the 1990s dot-com boom are back in Seattle as the statewide unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent. Unfortunately many parts of the state are still struggling. Read more »

State Supreme Court rules that Legislature can take back pension perks from boom years

A pair of Supreme Court rulings affirmed that the Legislature can repeal retirement bonuses enacted during the boom years of the 1990s. The rulings will save Washington taxpayers billions of dollars in extra pension payments. Read more »

Join U.S. Chamber and Boeing at seminar to help strengthen cyber supply chain

Save the date for an important reminder that the global supply chain depends on cyber security. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Boeing will present a seminar on how to strengthen the digital underpinnings of our global economy. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

Nominate now for AWB's Manufacturing Excellence Awards

The deadline is approaching for AWB's Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Send your nominations for companies that are leading the way in innovation, green manufacturing and operational excellence. Read more »

One month to Policy Summit: Have you registered yet?

The 25th annual AWB Policy Summit will feature innovative business leaders, top elected officials and a host of opportunities to learn, network and influence the future of Washington's business climate. Reserve your spot today! Read more »

They Said It

Building the future

"This is not just another wing. It is a hometown wing that will lift aviation for decades to come." ~ Gov. Jay Inslee, as construction begins in Everett on the site where Boeing will build the high-tech composite wing for the 777X.

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Olympia's favorite easy answer: "close tax loopholes"

By Rob McKenna, Smarter Government Washington

The biggest problem with all of this tax loopholes rhetoric is that it implies the solutions are easy, but that's not reality. Legislators have been grappling with these issues for the better part of a decade precisely because they're difficult.

Higher taxes do impact the economy. Many jobs do exist because of the tax preferences that are in place. It's just that those realities don't fit a simplistic political narrative.

Click to read the full column from Smarter Government Washington

2014 Legislative Review: Workers' Compensation

Typically the arena for an annual battle between business and labor over the high costs and complex requirements of the state's monopoly industrial insurance system, workers' comp was relatively quiet in 2014.

Click to read the full story from Washington Business Magazine
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