February 11, 2019
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Snowfall prompts a rare closure of the Legislature

For the first time in at least 14 years, the Legislature was largely closed today due to snowfall. House and Senate hearings will be rescheduled for a day when traveling in and to Olympia is safer.

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Employers continue to speak up as bills take aim at independent contractors

Although a bill aimed at cosmetologists has been shelved, other active bills would still restrict independent contractors. AWB continues to work with small-business owners and independent contractors, testifying about the impact of these new proposed regulations. AWB Amplified has a new video on the issue.

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Democratic leaders speak at packed Lobby Lunch

Democratic leaders from the House and Senate spoke to a full house at AWB's second Lobby Lunch of the year. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington; Sen. Rebecca Saldana, D-Seattle; and, Deputy House Majority Leader Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, answered questions on the budget, independent contractors, mental health, housing, environmental issues, and much more. Republican leaders speak this week.

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Port of Seattle finds partner to bring massive next-generation cargo ships to Terminal 5

Terminal 5, just north of the West Seattle bridge in Seattle's industrial zone, could see a major upgrade to handle the next generation of huge container ships. Port commissioners will soon vote on plans for a $500 million upgrade to handle these megaships.

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State Revenue Is Growing

Legislative session focused on spending, taxes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The 66th Legislature convened Jan. 14 and is slated to end on April 28. During that time, the top job for lawmakers is to craft the state's two-year operating budget.

The good news is they have record tax collections to work with -- more than $50 billion for the 2019-2021 budget cycle.

To put that into perspective, in 2011-2013 the state collected $31.3 billion in tax revenue.

This revenue growth was illustrated in a large display last fall at the Association of Washington Business's annual Policy Summit. The tallest of the revenue lines was over 6-feet tall. That was the projection for 2021-2023, when state coffers are expected to take in more than $53 billion. At the other end of the chart, the line showing was just over three-and-a-half feet tall...

Read the full guest column in The Wenatchee World
Investing in Green Infrastructure

LNG fuel is just one way the Port of Tacoma's getting cleaner

By Don Meyer and John McCarthy, Port of Tacoma commissioners

The Port of Tacoma has a long history and culture of innovation, shared by our customers and partners.

Three years ago, TOTE Maritime, a port customer for 42 years, began the process to become one of the first shipping lines to run its ships on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a much cleaner burning fuel than traditional bunker diesel.

Is LNG a perfect solution? No, but TOTE's vision and initiative should be celebrated. We can see these benefits immediately by moving toward LNG now and keeping our trade moving, not waiting for the next technology to be invented.

Our plan to open an LNG plant on the Tideflats in the next few years will give us a competitive advantage and increase safety by not having to transfer the fuel via truck...

Don Meyer of Spanaway was elected to his third term on the five-member Port of Tacoma Commission in 2017. John McCarthy of Northeast Tacoma was elected at the same time after previously serving on the commission from 1983-92.

Read the full guest column in The News Tribune
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