September 22, 2014
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Policy Summit 2014 focuses on leadership, service and preparation for a big legislative session

From Gov. Jay Inslee to Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden and four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the 25th annual AWB Policy Summit was a rewarding week of insights as the business community gears up for an important legislative session.
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AWB endorses final slate of candidates for 2014 election

The AWB Board has endorsed 14 more candidates for the general election, offering support for candidates from both parties who have shown a commitment to creating a healthy business climate in Washington.
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First-ever Leadership Washington class convenes at Policy Summit

Young leaders from across the state met for the first time at Policy Summit to kick off a nine-month development and mentorship program. Meet the first class of Leadership Washington.
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Sen. Andy Hill and other business-friendly leaders earn AWB awards

State Sen. Andy Hill, who crafted a bipartisan budget that put education first and did not raise taxes, earned AWB's highest legislative award. Other awards went to outgoing chair Mel Russell and stalwart volunteers Lisa Janicki and Darcy Kooiker.
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The fight continues as Congress gives Ex-Im Bank a short-term extension

Saying that it's a start, manufacturers and other supporters of the Export-Import Bank pledged to keep up the pressure after Congress extended the Ex-Im Bank's charter until next summer.
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2015 Competitiveness Redbook now available

Just how competitive is Washington state? From tax levels to energy costs, the latest version of the Competitiveness Redbook delves into the numbers to deliver answers that matter for business owners and policy makers.
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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Education & Workforce Training Committee to meet Sept. 29

Save the date for a 1 to 3 p.m. meeting at AWB in Olympia on Monday, Sept. 29, as AWB's Education & Workforce Training Committee meets to discuss legislative objects going into the contentious 2015 legislative session. Contact Sheri Nelson to learn 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

Supreme Court narrowly upholds key workers' comp 'immunity doctrine'

In a 5-4 decision, the state Supreme Court upheld a central part of the "grand compromise" that holds together Washington's century-old workers' compensation system. Read more »

Taxes on legal marijuana expected to raise $636 million through 2019

Taxes and fees on Washington's recreational marijuana sales will increase over the coming years, according to a new state revenue forecast.
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L&I announces proposed workers' comp rate increase

While Oregon is set to lower its rates by 5.3 percent next year, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries proposes raising Washington's rates by an average of 1.8 percent, although some job classifications could see double-digit changes.
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Washington Business Week to host fundraiser breakfast in Seattle

Washington Business Week's 'Takin' Care of Business' benefit breakfast Oct. 9 will help students attend entrepreneurship summer camps and other events throughout the state.
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Seattle looks at new tax on builders to fund affordable housing

The Seattle City Council is looking at a tax on new commercial and residential construction projects to fund affordable housing. Business groups say the tax will simply raise costs for consumers.
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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.
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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.
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They Said It

The Place of Business in Society

"We should live in a state where we're seen as the good guys. We should be in a place where do get involved, we do our part, we help, and where we're also lifted up, we're helped by our civic leaders, by our government. That's the sort of place I'd like to live."
~ Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden, speaking to a full house of business leaders at AWB's 25th annual Policy Summit

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A Bad Apple

I-1351: A major threat to safety net, higher ed

By The News Tribune

If initiatives could be charged with crimes, I-1351 -- the class size measure on November's ballot -- would be convicted of malicious mischief.

Innocuous as it sounds, it is a grave threat to Washington's safety net -- to funding for foster children, early learning, homeless families, foster children and the mentally ill. If approved, it could also push the Legislature to further cannibalize the state's higher education system.

How could an initiative that promises smaller classes do that kind of harm? It's all about the price tag: upwards of $4 billion through 2019. Because I-1351 wouldn't raise an additional penny toward its own cost, most or all of that money would have to be carved out of the rest of a state budget that has already been pared repeatedly and brutally since the Great Recession.

Click to read the full editorial at The News Tribune
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