July 22, 2019
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AWB and employers speak up at public hearings against new 'super minimum wage' overtime proposal

Raising the state's overtime-exempt salary threshold to nearly $80,000 will make it difficult for nonprofits to fulfill their missions. That was one of messages delivered to state officials last week as hearings began on a proposal that would link overtime to the minimum wage, creating a new "super minimum wage."

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Political fights intensify over constitutionality of income tax in Washington

State Sen. Steve O'Ban, R-University Place, called on Attorney General Bob Ferguson to defend a 1984 state law prohibiting cities from levying an income tax, after an appeals court unexpectedly declared the law unconstitutional. Meanwhile, the bigger question of whether Washington's Constitution bans an income tax remains a question for the state Supreme Court.

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Transportation Commission considers pay-by-the-mile charge as gas tax revenue declines

Electric, hybrid and high-efficiency vehicles are good for the environment and the pocketbook, but they are hurting the state's transportation fund, which is directly linked to gasoline consumption through the gas tax. To bulk up the transportation fund, the state Transportation Commission will vote later this year on a proposed pay-per-mile system.

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New speakers confirmed for Federal Affairs Summit August 19-20

Hear from U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse, Derek Kilmer and Kim Schrier at this year's Federal Affairs Summit. The event will be held at PNNL, operated by Battelle, Aug. 19-20 in the Tri-Cities. This face-to-face networking opportunity is your chance to ask questions and discuss federal policy that may impact your business and industry. Come away informed. Register now online!

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Connect With Congress
Career-connected Learning

Steer our students to the many paths for productive lives

By State Sen. Lisa Wellman and State Rep. Vandana Slatter

We know that today's jobs require education beyond high school. But our graduation rate is still under 80 percent, and only 40 percent of our high school students earn a credential or degree after high school by the time they are 26 years old.

Meanwhile, businesses can't find workers with the skills they need. This means that despite the state's strong economic growth, thousands of Washington students are being left behind every single year.

The situation is serious and getting more urgent. In the next few years, Washington employers are anticipating 740,000 job openings with jobs that require technical certification, apprenticeship or college degrees. We need to get students ready...

Career Connect Washington provides a fundamental new framework for connecting students to high demand, high potential jobs, and higher education, job training and actual employment. Through a regional approach of supporting localized networks focused on the needs of our diverse state, each area of our state will be able to help students learn about, explore and prepare for their careers...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times