September 29, 2014
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Governor's office: Carbon price could boost cost of gasoline by $1.46 a gallon by 2035

Gov. Jay Inslee's office said a possible carbon price could increase gas costs by up to $1.46 a gallon within 20 years. A lower law scenario would increase gas prices by 38 cents a gallon by 2035, according to new computer modeling.
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Costs of I-1351 push lawmakers from both parties to oppose this expensive class-size initiative

Democrats in one of the most liberal districts in the state have voted to oppose I-1351 for its unfunded mandate to add billions to education spending -- on top of the $4 billion-plus required to meet the Supreme Court's McCleary decision.

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AWB tours Bertha and Highway 99 tunnel project

Bertha might be stalled, but the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project is charging forward with construction of decking and access ramps. AWB toured the site of Seattle's big tunnel and has a behind-the-scenes report.
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Catch the best of Policy Summit in new wrap-up video and blog posts

Attendees are calling this year's Policy Summit the best in years. We have a new wrap-up video and blog posts, plus updates on when Gen. Stanley McChrystal's presentation will run on TVW.
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AWB joins Boeing, Microsoft, U.S. Chamber at cybersecurity forum

With news of hacking and data breaches making the headlines almost daily, AWB member businesses are helping establish new levels of cybersecurity.
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Key Hearings/Meetings

Transportation Committee to meet Wednesday

The AWB Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at AWB to discuss a number of points, including the transportation items listed in Gov. Jay Inslee's climate executive order.
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Other News

California billionaire targets Sens. Andy Hill and Steve O'Ban

Tom Steyer, the California hedge fund billionaire and climate change activist, has announced a $1 million campaign to influence Washington elections. Two state senators are his primary targets. Read more »

New $4.3 million federal grant will help address impacts of JBLM downsizing

The military accounts for more than $15 billion in economic activity in Washington. Predicted downsizing at Joint Base Lewis McChord could have a big impact.
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Novo Nordisk to establish new obesity research unit in Seattle

A new research unit in Seattle will work to identify new treatments for obesity, Novo Nordisk announced last week. Read more »

State employees agree on deal to keep their health premiums at 15%

State union employees have reached a contract agreement that makes no major changes in workers' share of health care premiums.
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Inslee appoints retired Navy Capt. Doug Roulstone to fill vacant House seat

Doug Roulstone, a Republican, will fill former Rep. Mike Hope's vacant seat in the state House until the general election is certified Nov. 25.
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Elway Research and DHM rated among nation's top pollsters

Do polls actually predict reality? In this imperfect science, Elway Research and DHM are two of the nation's most trustworthy, according to rankings by "big data" news site FiveThirtyEight.
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AWB Events & Resources

Avoid trouble with contracts at Thursday's seminar on boilerplate and non-compete agreements

Davis Wright Tremaine partner Greg Hendershott will lead two talks on contract law this Thursday. Register now for "Contract Drafting for Non-Lawyers: Don't Get Burned by Boilerplate" and "How to Manage Non-Compete Agreements." Read more »

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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Hear from manufacturing all-stars at 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

Democratic Senator Takes a Stand

"It probably wasn't politically smart to speak out against it, but I felt I had to say something." ~ Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, on why he opposes the unfunded class-size reduction requirements in Initiative 1351.

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Legalese is a "Contract Sport." 

Before you sign on the dotted line, know what you're doing and what you're agreeing to.

This Thursday, join Davis Wright Tremaine partner Greg Hendershott for a seminar on boilerplate language and non-compete agreements. 
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