September 8, 2014
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We want YOU to join us at this week's regional meetings

After a statewide tour began last week, AWB leaders and government affairs staff conclude this year's regional meeting schedule with stops in Federal Way, Everett and Bellevue. Please come and share your story with us as we put together our 2015 legislative priorities. Read more »

Skeptical Supreme Court grills state on education funding, floats 'nuclear' option

Impatient that the Legislature is not making progress on adding billions to state education funding, the state Supreme Court suggested a variety of remedies during a hearing last week. One was a blanket end to every one of the state's tax breaks -- a multi-billion dollar tax increase that one observer called "going nuclear." Read more »

Congress down to three weeks for reauthorization of America's Export-Import Bank

The charter of the 80-year-old Export-Import Bank of the United States will expire at the end of the month if Congress doesn't take action. The bank's closure would hit Washington -- and workers across the nation -- hard.
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Policy Summit begins in one week. 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 Federal Way, Everett and Bellevue

Your chance to help interview legislative candidate with AWB's government affairs team ends this week as hold our final interviews in Federal Way, Everett and Bellevue. Contact us to take part in a local interview.
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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

Big rebound for GET, Washington's prepaid college tuition program

Thanks to a two-year tuition freeze and a rebounding stock market, Washington's Guaranteed Education Tuition plan, or GET, has gone from embattled to fully funded with an A solvency rating. Read more »

Remember to take AWB's climate change survey

Last week, AWB members received an email survey on climate change and the state's proposed carbon reduction measures. It's crucial that we hear from you as the discussion moves forward on this important issue. Please take a moment to fill out the survey if you haven't already. Read more »

Inslee launches Washington Military Alliance to support JBLM and state's military jobs

With the Department of Defense considering cuts of up to 16,000 personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Gov. Jay Inslee convened a panel of military and defense stakeholders last week to prepare for the impacts of military downsizing. Read more »

Latest state revenue report hints at positive economic news

The latest update from the state's Economic & Revenue Forecast Council shows the state's economy is inching in the right direction.
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With renewed focus on consumer health, CVS changes name, stops sale of tobacco products early

CVS, which just opened its first store in Washington, is ramping up its focus on health. The drugstore chain has changed its name to CVS Health and ended all sale of tobacco products a month ahead of schedule.
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Passages: Rep. John Moyer, legislator and physician

Dr. John Moyer, an obstetrician who represented the Spokane area in the House and Senate as a Republican for 10 years, has died from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was 92. Read more »

Windstorm disaster declaration clears the way for loans in Eastern Washington

The July 23 windstorm that swept through Eastern Washington was officially declared a disaster last week, opening up the possibility of low-income loans for business owners and residents. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

Keep your systems secure with experts from the White House, FBI, U.S. Chamber and Boeing

What should you do to prepare for a cyber break-in, and how should you respond after an attack? Don't wait until after you're hacked to answer those questions. Join top experts Sept. 23 at a seminar hosted by Boeing and the U.S. Chamber to help secure the global supply chain. Read more »

Manufacturing in Washington is alive and well. Learn more at the Oct. 28 Manufacturing Summit

Learn from the best and celebrate the accomplishments of Washington manufacturers at the 2014 AWB Manufacturing Summit. Register now for the Oct. 28 summit in Kent. Read more »

They Said It

Education is Paramount, so Fund It First

"The governor is continuing to say we will only fund our schools after we fund other things and if we raise taxes. I think he's got it wrong. We need to fund education as a priority and then discuss whether tax revenue needs to be addressed for other programs." ~ Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, the GOP's lead on education in the Senate.

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One remedy for US economy's

downturn: skills

By Richard Davis, Washington Research Council

More and better education for students and displaced workers will be necessary to ease the transition to the post-recession economy. Government clearly has a role to play in assuring better educational outcomes.

The future must also see an entrepreneurial renaissance, one made possible by the ubiquity of new technology. Government can also help, primarily by removing or reducing regulatory and tax barriers to business formation.

Click to read the column in The News Tribune
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