October 6, 2014
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Department of Ecology releases draft water quality regulations

After years of debate, the Department of Ecology has unveiled draft fish consumption and water quality rules that tighten discharge limits two- to three-fold. Read more »

Washington's minimum wage will increase to $9.47 per hour, still highest in nation

Washington's entry-level workers continue to earn the highest pay rate in the nation, and in 2015 the state's minimum wage will increase to $9.47 per hour. Read more »

Aerospace summit highlights job growth in Washington and industry's $5 trillion future

Boeing will increase production of the 737 in Renton and anticipates more than $5 trillion in sales of its commercial airplanes over the next 20 years. That's good news for Washington, where last year's tax incentives to ensure local production of the 777X are paying off. Read more »

League of Education Voters opposes I-1351, the unfunded class size initiative mandate

A statewide education group with a history of supporting class-size reduction measures opposes Initiative 1351, saying the measure would preclude the state's ability to invest in other proven strategies to close the achievement gap.
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Employers believe state is well on its way to meeting carbon reduction goals

Recently, we asked you to take a few minutes to provide us with feedback about the issue of climate change and Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to address it. We believe it’s critical for us to understand your collective position on climate change if we’re going to represent your interests. We had a tremendous response from our members and we wanted to share some of the information with you. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

Toxic Reduction Committee to meet Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Toxic Reduction Committee will meet at 2 p.m. this Tuesday at AWB. Read more »

Top L&I leaders to meet with AWB Workers' Compensation Committee about 2015 rates

The director of Labor & Industries and several top members of his staff will attend a meeting of the AWB Workers' Compensation Committee Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. to discuss rates for next year.
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AWB Water Quality meeting set for Oct. 14

Draft Department of Ecology water quality standards will be on the agenda for discussion during the AWB Water Quality meeting Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. at AWB in Olympia Contact Brandon Houskeeper to learn more, or Connie Grande to participate by phone.

Governor's advisor and state Rep. Jake Fey to meet with AWB Land Use and Construction Committee

Keith Phillips from Gov. Jay Inslee's office and Rep. Jake Fey will meet with the AWB Land Use and Construction Committee at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 to discuss energy efficiency issues related to the governor's climate executive order. Read more »

AWB Health Care Committee to meet Oct. 16

The next Health Care Committee meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at AWB. A call-in option is available by contacting Connie Grande. For more about the meeting, contact Sheri Nelson.

Other News

State Supreme Court upholds retroactive estate tax

Washington's highest court has upheld a controversial clause in a 2013 law that retroactively taxed estates in which a spouse had died prior to 2005. Read more »

'Welcome Home, Salmon' event marks record-breaking Columbia salmon run

The Columbia River is alive with salmon -- the most ever to be recorded since counting began more than 75 years ago. That kind of good news deserves a celebration.
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SBA loans approved for wildfire victims in eight counties

Victims of this summer's devastating wildfires are eligible for federal loans, the Small Business Administration and Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week. Read more »

New grant will enhance direct air service from Yakima to Seattle and Portland

A $290,000 federal grant will help expand air service between Yakima and Seattle, and establish a new daily flight with Portland. Read more »

Learn how to break into export markets at Ex-Im Bank seminar in Spokane

Learn how a regional business became an exporter at an Oct. 28 conversation in Spokane sponsored by the Export-Import Bank.
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Starbucks to co-host 'Concert for Valor' in honor of America's veterans

HBO and Starbucks will host a first-of-its-kind concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11 to honor veterans. The concert will also be televised for free on HBO, which will open up its signal to broadcast the concert on cable. Read more »

Alaska Airlines sponsors UW's annual 'Environmental Innovation Challenge'

The Evergreen State's homegrown airline is now the namesake sponsor of the University's Washington's highly competitive -- and productive -- green innovation contest. Read more »

AWB membership department wins first-place award from national chamber group

The Association of State Chamber Professional gave a first-place award to AWB's membership department during last week's national convention in Oklahoma City. Read more »

Calling for award nominations: Better Workplace Awards

Help AWB recognize the state's best places to work. It's time to nominate top Washington employers for the 2015 Better Workplace Awards.
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AWB Events & Resources

Help support Washington Business Week at Thursday's fundraiser breakfast in Seattle

Join Steve McNaughton, CEO of PEMCO Insurance, and KOMO 4 anchor Brad Goode at the 'Takin' Care of Business' benefit breakfast this Thursday. The Washington Business Week fundraiser 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. Read more »

They Said It


"The post-9/11 years have brought us the longest period of sustained warfare in our nation's history. The less than one percent of Americans who volunteered to serve during this time have afforded the rest of us remarkable freedoms -- but that freedom comes with a responsibility to understand their sacrifice, to honor them and to appreciate the skills and experience they offer when they return home. As many now seek reemployment, now is the time to offer them opportunities to work in our communities to do what they do best: solve problems and lead with selfless service." ~ Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, announcing his company's sponsorship of "The Concert for Valor" in Washington, D.C.

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Protecting Higher Education

University presidents pick wrong way to defend budgets

By Richard Davis, Washington Research Council

The presidents of the state’s six public four-year universities recently wrote a regrets letter to Gov. Jay Inslee. They respectfully declined his invitation to identify how they would handle a 15 percent budget reduction.

They prefer to characterize the impact in broad strokes. They said cuts would lead to higher tuition and reduced enrollments, limit student access and undermine the state’s economic recovery. They urged Inslee to invest in education, to not reduce their funding.

It’s the right message, inartfully delivered. The presidents risk reinforcing legislative perceptions that the higher education system is elitist and out-of-touch, not subject to the rules that apply to everyone else. Lawmakers are already skeptical enough.

Click to read the full column in the News Tribune
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