February 11, 2019
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Liz Lovelett will represent 40th Legislative District in state Senate

Anacortes City Council member Liz Lovelett has been tapped to fill an open seat in the state Senate. A Democrat, she fills the seat vacated by former Sen. Kevin Ranker.

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Alaffia founder meets with president and top U.S. leaders at unveiling of Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

Olowo-n'djo Tchala, founder and CEO of the Tumwater-based skin care company Alaffia, met with President Donald Trump and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump last week during a ceremony at the White House unveiling the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.

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Alcoa Intalco Works highlights contributions of women in manufacturing

Alcoa Intalco Works has released a video highlighting the women who work at the Ferndale smelter. It's a reminder of the value that manufacturing jobs have for their communities, and of the crucial role played by women in modern manufacturing.

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AWB members' input sought on WSDOT aviation study

Aviation is an important part of the state's economy and infrastructure. The state's 136 public use airports directly contribute to 248,500 jobs, $15.3 billion in wages, and $50.9 billion in total economic activity. To help support the state's aviation industry, AWB members are being asked to participate in a WSDOT survey on business uses of airports.

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WGU Washington honors AWB's Amy Anderson with induction into its Sage Society

Amy Anderson, AWB's lead on workforce and education issues, was inducted into the Sage Society at WGU Washington last week. It's the online university's equivalent of its Hall of Fame, celebrating individuals committed to high-quality education and the pursuit of learning opportunities for others.

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Applications for WPC's annual Jennifer Dunn Scholarship now being accepted

The Washington Policy Center is now taking applications for its annual Jennifer Dunn Scholarship, which is awarded to female students and recent undergraduates looking to attend graduate school who embody the leadership and values of the former congresswoman.

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AWB seeking employers to be surveyed on cumulative effects of state regulatory and tax policies

The Washington Research Council is looking for businesses willing to be interviewed by email about the cumulative impact of recent state regulatory or tax policies on their business. All information will be published anonymously in the final report. Anyone interested in being part of the survey or wanting to learn more can contact Clay Hill, AWB government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy.

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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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