November 24, 2014
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State budget outlook: Revenues increase but I-1351 adds billions to predicted shortfall

According to the governor's office, the Legislature is facing a $2 billion budget hole next year just to meet the costs of I-1351. That's in addition to more than $1 billion needed to meet the McCleary Supreme Court case obligation. Already factored into the governor's budget are state union worker a pay raises, which puts added pressure on the state budget. Meanwhile, state tax revenues are projected to increase -- but so are costs for case management and higher school enrollment. Read more »

State health insurance exchange snafus prompt lawmaker's question: 'Who's getting fired?'

With an increasing cascade of problems being reported at the Washington health insurance exchange, one lawmaker at last week's meeting asked, "Who's getting fired?"

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Exports of hay, Christmas trees hurt by continued port work slowdown

As a longshore labor dispute grinds on, perishable Washington-grown crops are languishing at Seattle and Tacoma ports. Read more »

Obama announces immigration plan to halt deportations for five million

Congressional Republicans called Obama’s unilateral action a violation and affront to the Constitution’s separation of powers.
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Senate Republicans voice concerns over carbon reduction report

A report issued last week by Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon reduction task force didn’t include input from industries the proposals would hit the hardest, especially trucking and energy, senators said last week. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

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

State's employers add jobs, but unemployment rate increases as more people seek work

The jobless rate increased last month, but that might actually be good news. As the economy improves, more people without a job reenter the marketplace. Read more »

Democrats, Republicans gather to vote on leaders for 2015

With elections over, the four legislative caucuses are picking leaders for the 2015 session. So far familiar faces are returning to top caucus leadership posts.

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Democrats will meet Dec. 1 to pick one-year replacement for the late Rep. Freeman

Thirty-six Democratic precinct committee officers from King County and one from Pierce County will meet Dec.1 to pick three finalists to replace the late Rep. Roger Freeman. County councilmembers will select from the three to pick a replacement to fill the seat until the 2015 special election.

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Washington's potato crop up, despite summer's heat

Washington state farmers harvested 4 percent more potatoes than last year. That’s a bit short of expectations, but is still a strong showing as global demand increases and a new $200 million ConAgra Lamb Weston processing facility comes online.

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State Patrol chief recovering after suffering stroke

The leader of the State Patrol is on the mend after suffering a stroke while vacationing with his family in Hawaii. He hopes to be back to work within a few months.

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AWB will close Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

AWB’s Olympia office will close this Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. We wish all our members safe travels and a happy holiday. For those hitting the road, consider checking WSDOT’s Thanksgiving traffic page before you head over the river and through the woods.

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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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 »

Save the date: Legislative Summit will be held Jan. 27 at the Olympia Red Lion

Plan to attend AWB’s 2015 Legislative Summit! Mark your calendars for January 27 at the Red lion hotel in Olympia. More information will be available in the upcoming weeks.

They Said It

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"They weren’t at the table, they were on the table. They’re the ones that have to pay this. You’re picking winners and losers." ~ Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, about the impact of proposed carbon reduction measures on the state’s trucking and energy sectors.

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Actually, AWB supports tax incentive review

A recent commentary on policies addressing business tax incentives took out of context comments made by one of our local representatives on tax and fiscal policy, Ron Bueing.

AWB has been clear over the years; we firmly believe tax incentives should be fully and thoughtfully reviewed on a set timeline to ensure they are serving the purposes for which they were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

And, it should also be noted there is bipartisan agreement in the Legislature that supports our position.

READ MORE: Click here for the full blog post at Olympia Business Watch
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