February 26, 2018
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Legislation of Note « All Categories

SB 5935: Rural broadband

AWB testified in support of Senate Bill 5935 last week, highlighting how this rural broadband bill brings together many of the needs and suggestions from AWB's Rural Jobs Summits last year.

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HB 2327: Mandatory energy-efficiency standards for appliances

Making voluntary energy efficiency standards for appliances into mandatory rules sounds like a simple fix, but it would in fact create a cascade of problems. AWB and its members testified about those issues last week.

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HB 1622: Reforms to State Building Code Council

AWB joined many other stakeholders last week in testimony supporting House Bill 1622, which would reform the State Building Code Council.

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Capital Gains Tax
All Manufacturers Need Relief

Manufacturing jobs key to all of our communities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.

The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.

Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.

Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.

The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...

Read the full guest column in The Olympian
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