August 26, 2019
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State Sen. Barbara Bailey to retire in September

State Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, has announced her retirement effective Sept. 30. Party officials will nominate replacements, and county commissioners will choose her successor.

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Washington wheat harvest underway, and producers face low prices

The Washington wheat harvest is underway, and producers report average to above average yields, The Spokesman-Review reports. But even with a good crop, many are faced with the prospect of selling their crops for about what it cost to produce.

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Emily Wittman named CEO of Aerospace Futures Alliance

Emily Wittman, who has focused her career on economic opportunities, has been named the new CEO of the Aerospace Futures Alliance. She begins on Aug. 29.

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One week to go: Deadline approaching to report Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums

Paid Family and Medical Leave reporting and remitting is underway. Employers and employer agents have until Aug. 31 to file reports and remit payments for the first two quarters of 2019.

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Access quality employee benefits through Colonial Life

A new suite of employee benefit programs through Colonial Life can help employers give workers access to quality insurance options.

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Local fire departments urged to apply to be part of the Holiday Kids' Tree Project

Applications are being accepted now for the annual Holiday Kids' Tree Project. AWB members have donated more than $420,000 over the past 30 years to help families in need during the holiday season. Fire departments help us distribute that money in the form of toys and gifts. Now is the time for rural fire districts to apply to be part of this year's program. Employers with contacts in the firefighting community are being asked to spread the word.

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Deadline for written comments on draft overtime rule Sept. 6
Support for Ex-Im Bank Grows


In Our View: Congress must reauthorize Ex-Im Bank now

By The Columbian Editorial Board

For 85 years, the federal Export-Import Bank has helped American corporations compete in the global marketplace. Now it is in need of reauthorization from Congress.

In recent years in Clark County, the bank has supported companies such as Conquest Consulting Group, Northwest Natural Products and Neil Jones Food Company. Across Washington, it has supported companies large and small in every region. About 90 percent of businesses that use Ex-Im Bank services are small businesses that provide local jobs and contribute to the local tax base.

The Ex-Im Bank, which provides and guarantees loans to help foreign entities make purchases from U.S. companies, is particularly important in our state, where an estimated 40 percent of all jobs are tied in some fashion to international trade...

Read the full editorial in The Columbian