June 25, 2018
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Western State Hospital loses federal certification and $53 million in annual funding

Washington's largest psychiatric hospital failed a key inspection and will lose $53 million a year in federal funding, the state Department of Social and Health Services disclosed today. The state will take on the costs of backfilling the lost federal funding, meaning a new $100 million per biennium hole in the state budget.

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U.S. Supreme Court overturns precedent, rules states can collect sales tax on online purchases

States can require online retailers to charge sales tax on customer purchases, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week. The 5-4 decision overturned a high court precedent dating back to 1992, and is seen as a win for states, which said they were losing out on billions of dollars in sales tax collections each year.

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State forecast shows $600 million boost to tax collections over next four years

Washington state's governmental coffers will collect about $300 million more than expected in each of the next two biennial budget cycles, according to numbers released last week. While that's good news, that's still just a tiny sliver of the state's $45.3 billion budget, with a reserve of only $2.9 billion.

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It's the final week to apply for AWB's Manufacturing Excellence and Evening of Excellence awards

Is your business getting the recognition it deserves? Apply now for AWB's annual Evening of Excellence and Manufacturing Excellence awards to help us tell your story. Learn more here, and be sure to send nominations in before this week's deadline of June 30.

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Connect with Congress at AWB's second-annual Federal Affairs Summit

Sign up today and take advantage of a unique opportunity to connect with Washington's congressional delegation without making a trip to D.C. The Aug. 14 event will give attendees the chance to ask questions and learn more about important issues like international trade, immigration, taxes, defense spending and more. Learn more and register here.

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Lessons to Learn

Five things Seattle leaders should learn from the head tax repeal

By Tim Punke and John Murray

The Seattle City Council's stunning reversal on the $275-per-employee jobs tax was a case study in over-reaching and misreading public sentiment. As Seattle moves forward, there will be a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking and second-guessing, but there are some key lessons in this historic about-face:

* Seattle has tax fatigue

* We need accountability

* We shouldn't take jobs for granted

* Seattle's business community is the envy of the nation

* We need thoughtful regional solutions to homelessness and housing insecurity

Ultimately, it's not just about working together on homelessness, or other pressing issues of the day. It's about our elected leaders leading, seeking common ground, and partnering with both the advocate and business communities...

Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
Voter Insights

TVW providing must-see TV for 2018 election

By Renee Radcliff Sinclair, TVW president

As part of TVW's obligation to provide you with information about your state government, we have a profound commitment to state election coverage. This summer and fall, TVW will be traversing the state to cover statewide candidate and ballot measure campaigns. In addition to airing candidate forums and debates on TVW's cable television station, all programming is archived and available for your use right here. As election season approaches, this site will be updated daily with new events and opportunities for you to gain further insights into candidates and ballot measures.

Part of TVW's media philosophy has always been to enable the public to hear directly from our news sources in something more than just short sound bites. With that commitment as a backdrop, TVW has partnered with Secretary of State Kim Wyman to make available a Video Voters Guide, allowing you to hear directly from the many candidates running for office this August. Here you can access three-minute, unedited candidate statements outlining the policy priorities of each. These candidate vignettes are also airing regularly on TVW's cable television station across the state (check local listings)....

Read the full guest column in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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