November 17, 2014
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Top Stories

Calls emerge for presidential intervention as port work slowdown idles factories, delays ag shipments

The work slowdown and contract dispute paralyzing West Coast ports will only be solved by presidential intervention, business groups said, as the labor dispute impacts employers, employees and the state's economy. Read more »

U.S. and China announce surprise climate change and carbon limit pact

The United States and China will both work to limit carbon emissions over the coming decades, the leaders of the two countries announced last week in a surprise move.
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Insurance Commission Kreidler's office to pay former judge $450,000

The office of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will pay a $450,000 settlement to Patricia Petersen, the administrative hearings judge who claimed that his office put pressure on her to decide cases in his favor. Read more »

In foreshadow of 2015 budget battle, reports show rising state revenue -- and education costs

Two state budget reports released last week showed an increase in state revenues and an even bigger increase in costs from projected rising school enrollments. The news highlights the battles ahead in the 2015 legislative session. Read more »

Republicans win final close state House races; members of Congress prepare for power shifts

As close races fall in the direction of Republicans, the Washington state House of Representatives will have a 51-47 balance of power. Democrats will have their smallest majority since 2002. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

Government Affairs Council to meet Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 1-2 p.m., Dec. 4, at AWB. Contact Sheri Nelson for more information.

Other News

Inslee's office unveils possible toxics regulation bill

AWB is studying the measure, which would cede some legislative authority to the Department of Ecology and could have far-reaching impacts for manufacturers and industries.

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Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden makes list of top 50 business leaders in Fortune magazine

AWB member Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden, who spoke at AWB's Policy Summit in September, was named as a top business leader in Fortune magazine along with three other Washington-based companies.

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Washington celebrates its 125th birthday

The public and state officials gathered at the state Capitol Nov. 11 to celebrate Washington state turning 125-years-old.
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Airlines and Port of Seattle at odds over unilateral wage increases

In response to the airlines' lawsuit, The Seattle Times reports the Port of Seattle says it has the authority under Washington law to unilaterally increase the minimum wage for some workers at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport. Read more »

Three AWB members receive Corporations for Communities Award from secretary of state

The Barkley Company, The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse and The McGregor Company were honored last week for giving back to their communities.

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AWB Events & Resources

Prevent workplace violence and bullying at Dec. 3 HR training in Seattle

Is your company doing what it takes to provide a workplace free of intimidation, bullying and harassment? Get the latest tips and techniques at a morning human resources training in Seattle on Dec. 3.

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Deadline extended! Tell us about your extraordinary workplace

There is still time to submit nominations for the 2015 Better Workplace Awards. Help us honor Washington's best places to work!

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Mark your calendar for the Dec. 5 lighting of the Holiday Kids' Tree

A highlight of the holiday season will be held Dec. 5 in Olympia when the state's Holiday Kids' Tree is officially lit. This free, family-friendly event will be held at 6 p.m. under the Capitol dome. Read more »

Online Redbook and Greenbook now available

Wise decisions are fueled by accurate data, and AWB now can put complete information about Washington and national economic trends at your fingertips. Read more »

They Said It

The Task Ahead

"This is going to be a session for the ages." ~ Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, about the difficulties of paying for the $5 billion cost of Initiative 1351, which along with the education funding required by the McCleary decision, he said would mean $6-8 billion in spending cuts or new taxes in the 2015 Legislature.

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Long term, transportation funding is school funding

By The News Tribune editorial board

"Children before concrete" is one of the catchphrases of people who've been fighting transportation funding in the Legislature.

It's a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don't steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children and everyone else.

The 2015 Legislature will rightly focus on increasing public school funding, as mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. But this shouldn't mean stiffing the state's infrastructure needs. It's not an either-or dilemma: Further investment in transportation is needed to fully fund public education over the long haul.

Click here for the full column in The News Tribune

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