September 2, 2014
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We need to hear from you! Join AWB's regional meetings this week

It's time for AWB's regional meetings, a unique opportunity to share your stories of the biggest issues facing your community and your ideas on how to improve Washington's business climate. Help influence AWB's 2015 legislative priorities by visiting a regional meeting near you. They begin Wednesday in Vancouver and conclude Sept. 11 in Bellevue. Read more »

Health exchange board asks to boost budget as special enrollment opens for the many who couldn't enroll

One in five people who tried to enroll for health insurance in Washington's state-run exchange had problems during the past year's rocky rollout. And despite that fact that widespread problems remain, the board that runs the exchange wants to ask the Legislature to remove a $40 million cap on its budget. Read more »

State prepares to defend itself in McCleary case as letters go out from hundreds of 'failing' districts

Government lawyers will appear before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to defend the state's education funding and its progress in meeting the high court's McCleary ruling.
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Washington's workers' comp payments continue to be highest in the nation

Washington still has the highest workers' compensation benefits in the nation, with $840 paid out per worker. That's a big clue to the costs of Washington's state-run system. In another new ranking, Washington's employer costs have increased at the 11th highest rate in the nation. Read more »

Policy Summit begins in two weeks. Are you ready?

Attend this month's Policy Summit to get a jump on the November election and the epic battles that are shaping up over regulation, taxation and education during the 2015 legislative session. Register now !
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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB candidate interviews continue this week in much of Western Washington

The second half of AWB's candidate interviews is this week in Vancouver, Spokane, Olympia, Federal Way, Everett and Bellevue. There's still time to sign up to meet the candidates at an event near you. Read more »

Transportation Committee to meet Oct. 1

The AWB Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at AWB to discuss a number of items, including the transportation items listed in Gov. Jay Inslee's climate executive order. Read more »

Other News

AWB selects Hagey as new communications director

AWB President Kris Johnson announced this morning that Jason Hagey has been named the association's new communications director. Hagey, who had been serving as interim communications director since Jocelyn McCabe left AWB this summer, joined AWB in 2009 following a career in newspapers on both sides of the Cascades. Read more »

Watch for climate policy survey later this week

AWB and partner DHM Research will send out a short, anonymous survey on climate change policy to AWB members this Thursday. Please take a few moments to complete this quick survey when you receive the email.
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State's first charter school prepares to open in Seattle

Two years after voters authorized Washington's first foray into charter schools, the state's pioneer charter school opens its doors this week in Seattle. Read more »

Port of Seattle chooses Tacoma business executive Ted Fick as CEO

Ted J. Fick, an experienced business executive and manufacturer, has been tapped as the next CEO of the Port of Seattle. The move could bode well for increased cooperation between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
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Just in time for harvest, longshore workers ratify contract with grain operators

After two years of negotiations, workers and operators at grain export terminals now have a contract. The agreement comes just as the grain harvest picks up in Washington's fertile breadbasket. Read more »

Governor declares state of emergency after flash floods, mudslides in Okanogan County

With the aftermath of severe rainstorms damaging buildings and blocking two state highways, Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in Okanogan County. Read more »

TVW president to step down

Greg Lane, the president and CEO of Washington's public affairs network, will step down from his leadership of TVW Sept. 30. Read more »

Washington-based aquaculture company Troutlodge joins forces with international partners

Seattle-based Troutlodge, Inc., has joined forces with Scottish aquaculture firm Landcatch and its parent company, Hendrix Genetics, in a deal that will extend their global share of the Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout markets. Read more »

New report finds that increases in the sales tax tend to result in more exemptions

When politicians propose increasing the sales tax, their revenue estimates tend to be overly optimistic. One reason could be that the number of sales tax exemptions tends to increase along with the rising tax rate. Read more »

Facing a slowdown and considering layoffs? Try the Shared Work program instead

Shared Work, a state program boosted by federal dollars, will help companies avoid layoffs by helping pay partial salaries for businesses that keep workers on part-time. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

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

America's economy depends on cyber security, but seemingly continual news about hackers and stolen passwords can make the problem seem insurmountable. Don't despair -- prepare! Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Boeing for a Sept. 23 seminar on how to strengthen the digital underpinnings of our global economy.
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Register now for Oct. 28 Manufacturing Summit

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

They Said It

A Call for Accountability

"C'mon you guys, let's quit blowing smoke here." ~ Bill Hinkle, board member of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, pushing for answers and condemning excuses about problems that have plagued one in five people trying to buy health insurance through the government-run Washington Healthplanfinder.


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787 carbon fiber gets new life in high-tech football shoulder pads

Carbon fiber used to make Boeing 787s will now be used to make shoulder pads for football players. Boeing said that it's signed a deal with athletic company Russell Brands LLC, with Russell using Boeing's surplus carbon fiber in its CarbonTek football shoulder pad system.

(Pictured here, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon wears the new shoulder pads while standing inside a 787 Dreamliner carbon composite fuselage.)

Click to read the full story in the Puget Sound Business Journal
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