September 23, 2019
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Policy Summit: Coming together from both sides of the aisle to find solutions

From a bipartisan pair of White House chiefs of staff to a wide-ranging look at issues like tax fairness and economic vibrancy, the 2019 AWB Policy Summit brought together employers and political leaders to move Washington forward.

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AWB Institute releases new study on economic impact from lack of affordable child care

A new report released Wednesday by the AWB Institute and other state and national partners found that a lack of affordable child care is costing Washington businesses more than $2 billion per year in employee turnover or missed work, and the total cost to the state economy tops more than $6.5 billion per year.

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L&I Proposes a 0.8% Decrease to Workers' Compensation Premiums for 2020

Employers would see a reduction in workers' compensation insurance rates next year under a draft proposal by the state Department of Labor and Industries. AWB's Kris Johnson welcomed the move, but expressed concern about how workers' compensation funds have been diverted in recent years.

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Spokane, Vancouver, King County leaders oppose initiative to cap car tab fees

Coalitions in Spokane, Vancouver, King County and around the state are urging voters to say no to Initiative 976, which would cap car tab fees. The initiative threatens more than $25 billion in critical transportation funding across Washington, they say.

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AWB votes to oppose I-976 and endorse a legislative candidate

During the AWB board meeting last week, Washington's leading employers voted to oppose Initiative 976, which threatens to cut funding for sorely needed transportation projects across the state. AWB's board also voted to endorse state Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, in his run to retain the seat he has held for the past year.

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Arguments Against a State Income Tax

An income tax is not in our best interest

By Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson

Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.

The historically unpopular notion of introducing an income tax is not exactly new to Washington, yet it has seen growing interest from income tax supporters in big city government and from certain state lawmakers who would pass income tax legislation if given the opportunity.

As Washington State Treasurer, four-term Benton County Treasurer, and licensed CPA for over 25 years, I have cultivated an automatic sense of duty to advocate for fiscal responsibility. When I see such disregard for taxpayers, my obligation is to stand up for what is right on their behalf.

Many of the legislature's self-induced financial woes have readily available remedies that do not involve raising taxes or adding an income tax, making it apparent to me that as a state we have some serious financial issues within our legislative practices we need to start addressing...

Taxing income would weaken Washington's thriving economy and reduce our capacity to compete for business. We need to agree on improving our habits and reigning in state debt before considering the addition of new taxes. An income tax is not in our best interest.

Read the full guest column in The Tri-City Herald