August 26, 2019
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AWB Employment Law Committee Meets Thursday, Aug. 29

AWB's Employment Law Committee will meet Thursday, Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the AWB offices in Olympia. Discussion items include AWB's written response to the draft EAP overtime rules, among other topics. Please contact Government Affairs Director for Employment Law Bob Battles for more information at

Committee members who wish to participate by phone must make arrangements in advance. Please contact Tommy Gill at or 360.943.1600 for details.

AWB Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee Meets Sept. 6

AWB's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee will meet Friday, Sept. 6 from 10 -11:30 a.m. at the AWB offices in Olympia. Please contact Government Affairs Director for Tax and Fiscal Policy Clay Hill at for agenda details. To participate by phone, please contact Tommy Gill at or 360.943.1600.

Join us at the beautiful Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum for policy discussions and networking

Policy Summit is back! One of our most popular events, this one often sells out. Make connections and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussions. Learn about the current outlook on issues that impact your business and the communities where we live and work. Save your spot! #AWBsummit19

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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