July 1, 2019
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One week away: July 8 Housing Forum will advance the conversation on regional challenge

Join us next week for the Housing Forum in Bellevue. AWB and nine other diverse business and statewide advocacy groups will bring together problem-solvers from across the state and political spectrum to make headway on ensuring affordable housing for the workforce and families in all the state's communities. There's still space, register today!

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'Now is the time to speak up': Employers urged to weigh in on proposed overtime rule changes

As Washington state considers more than tripling the minimum salary for overtime exempt employees, AWB is urging employers to be part of the conversation during a series of upcoming public hearings held by the Department of Labor & Industries.

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Apple announces 2,000 new jobs at 'major engineering hub' in Seattle

Apple's Seattle workforce will quintuple by 2024 as the company expands its current 500-person Seattle staffing level by another 2,000.

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'Traffic jam' as potential 2020 statewide candidates wait to hear if Gov. Inslee will run for third term

From the attorney general's office to commissioner of public lands, there are statewide candidates on hold as they wait to see if presidential candidate Jay Inslee will instead decide to run for a third term as governor. Until he makes that decision, Crosscut reports, there are other candidates who can't formally announce.

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Save the date: Make plans now to join us for the 2019 Federal Affairs Summit

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Federal Affairs Summit. PNNL is hosting the event Aug. 19-20 in the Tri-Cities and it's presented by Battelle. Registration is now open! Save the date and secure your spot to #ConnectWithCongress on federal policy that may impact your business.

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Federal Issues

Ex-Im Bank reauthorization effort sees setback in House

A bipartisan compromise measure that would impose new limits on the Export-Import Bank was withdrawn from consideration in a key House committee last week after widespread opposition from majority Democrats. While the fate of the bill is uncertain as the clock ticks toward September's lapse of the bank's charter, House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters said, "I am not giving up."

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Other News

Washington's population hits 7.5 million

For the first time, the Evergreen State has more than 7.5 million residents, according to a new official estimate. The state added 118,800 people over the last year, three-quarters of them moving here from outside the state. Washington has grown by well over 10% since the last official census.

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With new reporting rules starting today, Employment Security Department offers tips on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Starting today, employers will need to report and remit premiums quarterly for Washington's new Paid Family & Medical Leave law. The Employment Security Department has a website with an overview and information.

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Department of Revenue offers information on out-of-state sales tax

As the state's non-resident sales tax exemption transitions today to a remittance request system, the Department of Revenue is offering information on the change.

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AWB Events & Resources

Final HR and Employment Law seminar July 10 will focus on accident prevention and investigation

AWB's popular Human Resources and Employment Law Webinar Series wraps up this month with a session on accident prevention and accident investigation plans led by Tim O'Connell and Karin Jones of Stoel Rives. This is your last chance to participate in the web series, which concludes July 10.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Energy Committee to meet Monday, July 8

AWB's Energy Committee will meet Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at the AWB offices in Olympia. The meeting will look back on the most recent legislative session and plan for future actions. Contact Peter Godlewski at 360.943.1600 or PeterG@awb.org to learn more.

Tweet of the Week

Housing Solutions

They Said It

Learning on the Job

"Going from being homeless and living in my car to being told that I would never amount to anything to today graduating is just the most amazing feeling, because I proved them all wrong." -- Ashton Dall, an industrial maintenance technician who just completed his apprenticeship through the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee program. The Seattle Times just highlighted the expanding career-connected learning options through this and other programs in Washington.

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Time to Build

We need action on infrastructure, not more talk

By Thomas Donohoe, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO

As the heads of the nation's leading business and labor organizations, we don't always see eye to eye on things, but on this, we are in lockstep: Rebuilding and modernizing our nation's crumbling infrastructure will benefit every business, every worker and every family in the United States. It will make every community safer, more resilient, healthy and secure. It will create good jobs, boost productivity, sharpen our nation's competitive edge and ensure our current and future economic success.

It is frustrating that, despite widespread calls to act, the only response from Washington has been lip service. Talking alone does not create a single job or repair a single road. We need action.

Infrastructure is not a partisan issue. It is an American priority. Our nation's leaders must find common cause -- as we have -- and once again make America a global leader on infrastructure...

Read the full op-ed in The Washington Post