November 10, 2014
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Business-friendly candidates prevail across state, nation; voters narrowly supporting unfunded I-1351

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus will retain control, and Republicans gained ground in the state House, after an election night that was largely favorable for the state's business community.
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What does GOP majority in Congress mean for business?

Republicans will now control both houses of Congress. That would mean action on issues important to business, from a tax overhaul to immigration reform.

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Union slowdown at Puget Sound's two largest ports has cut shipping, slowed ag exports

Trade organizations are calling for federal intervention to help resolve a labor dispute that's causing a backup at West Coast ports.

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New edition of Washington Business magazine is arriving in mailboxes now

The fall edition of AWB's magazine, Washington Business, highlights the Priorities for Prosperity program, an interview with former Gov. Gary Locke, and profiles of intriguing businesses.
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AWB preparing for 26th annual Holiday Kids' Tree Project

Preparations are underway for a festive holiday tradition. AWB is proud to sponsor and organize the celebrations around the Holiday Kids' Tree Project at the state Capitol. This year's tree lighting will be Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
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Key Hearings/Meetings

Education & Workforce Training Committee to meet Friday

The AWB Education & Workforce Training Committee will meet Friday 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.

Government Affairs Council to meet Nov. 18 at AWB

AWB's Government Affairs Council will hear from Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina; Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond; Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and top leaders from the governor's office during the 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. meeting Nov. 18 at AWB. Lunch is available for $20. Contact Connie Grande to reserve your spot.

AWB Climate Committee to meet Dec. 2

The AWB Climate Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m. to discuss policy ideas that can be part of AWB's climate legislative package. Contact Brandon Houskeeper to submit policy ideas or learn more.

Legislative health care leaders to attend Dec. 4 AWB Health Care Committee meeting

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


Other News

Inslee outlines climate change ideas in first post-election speech

Gov. Jay Inslee pledged to continue his push for reductions in Washington's carbon emissions despite election night losses for many like-minded candidates.

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Apple to open Seattle engineering office

Seattle's red-hot software scene is apparently attracting one of the top names in tech as Apple begins hiring workers in Seattle.

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Washington has four companies on Forbes' list of most valuable global brands

Microsoft is No. 2 on the list of the world's highest value brands. Amazon, Starbucks and Boeing also make the top 100.

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Two UPS Stores in Washington open possibilities of 3-D printing for all

UPS Stores in Mill Creek and north Seattle now have 3-D printers available for start-up companies, entrepreneurs and small businesses to use for creating prototypes, promotional materials and artistic renderings.

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Equity crowdfunding now officially legal in Washington

As of Nov. 1, Washington's new law allowing crowdfunded equity investment is in effect. Businesses, especially startups, now have a new way to raise money from in-state investors who are not accredited, including family and friends.

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National job growth on track for best year since 1999

America has had nine straight months of 200,000-plus job gains while the national unemployment rate continues to improve. Read more »

Insurance commissioner affirms the value of association health plans

AWB is proud to offer our members the HealthChoice program, which helps provide quality, affordable health insurance to small businesses that otherwise couldn't afford to provide this benefit.

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AWB Hires Bobbi Cussins as Communications Manager

Communications, grassroots specialist brings experience from business associations and Legislature to Washington's largest business organization.

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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

Not That Kind of 'Alternative'

"There's a tendency for some people to minimize this as some radical notion. But this is not some hippie, patchouli oil smoking -- or whatever -- Woodstock moment." ~ Gov. Jay Inslee, detailing his clean and alternative energy initiatives.




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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

State waves goodbye to R&D tax incentive

By Kris Johnson, AWB President

Beginning in January, Washington state will become one of just a handful of states in the country that doesn't offer private employers some kind of a tax incentive to promote research and development activities.

That's because a pair of tax incentives created back 1994 are set to expire at the end of this year, despite attempts during the last legislative session to extend them.

Click here for the full column in The Wenatchee World
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