November 3, 2014
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Top Stories

Have you voted? Make your voice heard in this crucial election

Next year, the Legislature will spend billions of dollars and consider raising business taxes. Tomorrow is the deadline to return ballots in the election that decides who controls the levers of government in Olympia. Take time now to send in your ballot. Read more »

Manufacturing Summit points to a prosperous made-in-America future

The 2014 AWB Manufacturing Summit brought together the state's top industry leaders, owners of innovative smaller firms, dozens of community college representatives and many others for a day of productive, proactive talk about how to continue and expand Washington's manufacturing renaissance. Read more »

Awards honor innovations of Washington's top manufacturers

The 2014 AWB Manufacturing Excellence Awards went to five companies that are leading the way on more efficient, effective and innovative ways to create value and valuable products used worldwide.

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AWB Institute unveils manufacturing image campaign: 'It pays to build great things'

Washington's manufacturers pay average wages of more than $82,000 a year, yet the pipeline of young talent isn't nearly full enough. The AWB Institute is beginning a new image campaign to help tell the story of the great jobs open in Washington's manufacturing sector.
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Key Hearings/Meetings

Minimum Wage Committee meeting Wednesday in Seattle

AWB's Minimum Wage Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the offices of Lane Powell in Seattle. Photo ID is required to check in on the 42nd floor. Contact Bob Battles to learn more, or contact Connie Grande for information on participating by phone.

Education & Workforce Training Committee to meet Nov. 14

The AWB Education & Workforce Training Committee will meet Friday, Nov. 14, from 1- 3 p.m. at AWB. The group will continue developing a new foundation for the next biennium and will review a revised draft of legislative objectives. Contact Sheri Nelson for information or Connie Grande for call-in options.

Mark your calendars: Legislative health care leaders will speak Dec. 4 to AWB Health Care Committee

Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, and ranking minority member Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, will speak to the AWB Health Care Committee from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at AWB. Contact Sheri Nelson for more information.

Other News

Passages: State Rep. Roger Freeman of Federal Way dies at age 48

First-term Rep. Roger Freeman, a Federal Way Democrat popular with fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, died last week of colon cancer.

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Seattle is eighth in nation for cities adding jobs; Washington is ninth nationally

When it comes to adding jobs, Washington and the Seattle area rank in the top 10 nationally, according to a new study.

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Sound Transit floats $15 billion tax package for expanded commuter rail

A $15 billion "Sound Transit 3" package to pay for increased commuter rail could add a new property tax, higher sales taxes, car-tab taxes, and more. The measure could be on the 2016 ballot.

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Attorney General seeking limits on lobbying by former staffers after critical New York Times story

In light of a New York Times investigation of attorneys general around the nation -- including Washington's current and former AGs -- our state's top attorney is looking at tighter rules against lobbying by former employees.

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China will again buy Washington's Red and Golden Delicious apples

After a two-year hiatus, China is opening its doors again to Washington-grown Red and Golden Delicious apples.

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Shells in Bertha pit are from settlers, not tribes

The clump of shucked oyster shells discovered in the pit being dug to repair Seattle's deep-bore tunnel machine, nicknamed Bertha, are from settlers, not Native Americans. That means digging could resume in days, not weeks or months.

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AWB Events & Resources

Is your workplace extraordinary? Tell us all about it

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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They Said It

Honoring the State's Best Manufacturers

"A strong manufacturing sector is the foundation of a strong economy. These employers are doing their part to innovate, to make sustainability a priority and to find better ways to do business." ~ AWB President Kris Johnson, describing the accomplishments of the 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award winners.

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Debate climate policies without undue influence from people like Tom Steyer

By Sam Reed, former Washington secretary of state

Some might wonder why there is such a fuss about Tom Steyer, the San Francisco hedge-fund billionaire who has spent $1.4 million this election season in an attempt to change control of the Washington state Senate. This isn't the first time we’ve seen out-of-state interests spending heavily to influence the outcome of elections in this state.

But what's at stake is more than just an election. Steyer's spending calls attention to a thorough political effort to promote climate-change policies in this state, which, if not implemented wisely, have the potential to wreak havoc on the Washington economy.

These policies could have a devastating impact on every citizen of Washington, in the form of higher fuel prices, higher electricity rates, job loss and other effects..
Click here for the full editorial by Sam Reed in The Seattle Times
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