June 25, 2018
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I-1608 suspends signature gathering work to focus on 2019 ballot effort

It's a hard year for ballot measures, thanks in part to the recent push in Seattle for a referendum on the city's head tax. Because the cost of pursuing signatures is so high, the group supporting Initiative 1608, the measure to increase government transparency, has suspended the campaign and will focus its energies on 2019.

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Usability testing open for Paid Family and Medical Leave website

As the state Employment Security Department prepares to roll out the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, employers and employees are invited to give the program's new website a trial run. Usability testing is open to help make the website easy to use. Try it out here. In other news, the latest draft of rulemaking in the PFML program is now available online.

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Seattle's plastic straw and utensil ban takes effect July 1

The Emerald City is the first in America to ban plastic straws and utensils. The law that takes effect July 1 is aimed at protecting the environment, from fisheries to oceans, and to reducing the amount of landfill waste.

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'Record optimism': More than 95 percent of manufacturers bullish on future

More than 95 percent of manufacturers have a positive outlook for the future, a new survey shows. An improving economy and more capital to invest after last year's federal tax cuts are some of the reasons why.

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Foster youth gain more access to apprenticeships, college, and other support

Foster youth now have more access to apprenticeships and other support thanks to the newly-created Passport to Careers program. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, is the first of its kind in the nation.

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Kelly Susewind named new director of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

A longtime manager at the Department of Ecology will take over leadership at the state's wildlife management agency.

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AWB's local legislative candidate interviews conclude with upcoming meetings in Yakima, Wenatchee and Mount Vernon

AWB's candidate interviews conclude July 2 with scheduled stops in Central and Northwest Washington. The interviews allow AWB and its members to learn more about each candidate's positions on policies that impact employers of all sizes and all sectors. All AWB members are invited and encouraged to attend their local interviews and meet the candidates.

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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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