April 22, 2019
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Poll shows 81 percent in Washington oppose new or higher taxes

Most Washington voters say taxes should remain the same or be lowered. In a new poll, a full 81 percent would like taxes to stay where they are or be lowered, with government services staying the same or being reduced. The poll, commissioned by AWB, shows a clear difference between the public and lawmakers who continue to push for a slate of tax increases. Read more on Olympia Business Watch.

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Tax increases still on the table as Legislature hits its final week

With the legislative session scheduled to end Sunday, lawmakers continue negotiations on a new two-year state budget. A number of tax bills are still on the table, including higher B&O taxes on service-sector businesses, a capital gains income tax, a graduated real-estate excise tax, and more. Click here to send an Action Alert to your legislators, telling them to tap the brakes on unsustainable spending.

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AWB annual report now available online; print version in the mail next week

AWB's 2018 annual report, "A Unifying Voice," is now available online. It chronicles AWB's work to bring together all corners of our state for economic prosperity. The full report is available to read online. A print copy will be mailed next week along with the spring edition of Washington Business magazine.

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More speakers added to Spring Meeting, featuring dinner keynote Nikki Haley

AWB's Spring Meeting in Spokane May 8-9 will feature a keynote address from Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2017-19. Prior to serving as America's 29th permanent representative to the U.N., Haley was elected twice to serve as governor of South Carolina. Her keynote address, sponsored by Boeing, will wrap up a full agenda at AWB's Spring Meeting at the Davenport Grand Hotel. Register today!

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Kennewick company stars in statewide campaign

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington employers are entrepreneurs who build their companies for more than the product they make and the services they provide; they build them to fulfill their values of community, compassion and conscience.

That's the message behind Grow Here, the multi-media employer image ad campaign from the Association of Washington Business.

In its third year, Grow Here's goal is two-fold: to highlight the "why" that motivates Washington companies and share the employee experience within those businesses. And, to remind people that Washington state's competitiveness -- its ability to attract and retain employers -- is critical to an economy that works for all residents.

Read the full guest column in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Sparking Inspiration for Future Success -- Career Connect Washington Initiative Creates STEM Career Pathways

By Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington and Washington STEM board member

Our communities depend on STEM-related fields. Ensuring a consistent pipeline of students interested in pursuing STEM jobs is critical. We believe that early exposure to STEM is impactful for school-aged children. At a time when our state needs more than 94,000 health care professionals over the next three years, we need more students to pursue health care related careers. We need a sustainable plan to inspire and excite young people. And, we must ensure an equitable pathway into these high-demand, high-impact jobs.

Currently, thousands of Washington students are on track to graduate high school unprepared for these jobs and are often unaware STEM jobs even exist. In the next five years, an estimated 225,465 jobs that earn a family-sustaining wage will require credentials that many of our Washingtonian students are not on track to earn...

Nothing is more meaningful than careers born of out of a youthful spark of inspiration. When we engage more students from our diverse communities and share the deep impact of science and medical jobs, we support their future and ensure sustainability within the communities we serve.

Read the full commentary at the Washington STEM website
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