September 30, 2019
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It's time! AWB's Manufacturing Week bus leaves this week on seven-day cross-state tour

The bus is ready. Dozens of stops are set. News media are already taking notice. AWB's third-annual Manufacturing Week bus tour leaves this week for a seven-day, cross-state tour of Washington's diverse manufacturers. The goal: to highlight Washington's innovative and crucial manufacturing sector.

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State's revenue projected to increase by nearly a half billion dollars through 2021

Washington's projected tax collections continue to increase. The latest revenue forecast, released last week, said the state is on track to see a net increase in revenue of nearly $447 million within the next two years. That means total state revenue of $51.4 billion through mid-2021.

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'No on I-976' group launches TV ads; Seattle Times also opposes initiative

The television and digital advertisements (video here and here) are working to inform voters about the risks and damage that would come from Initiative 976, which would gut transportation revenue. The Seattle Times also came out forcefully against the initiative, warning it is "a direct threat to Washington's well-being."

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Mark your calendars for Evening of Excellence on Nov. 20

Please save the date to join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20 as we celebrate our members and the good work they do every day to make Washington a great place to live and work. Tickets are available now!

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Freeways Aren't Free

The Times recommends: Reject car tabs Initiative 976 and its devastating effects

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

In his latest ballot measure, initiative promoter Tim Eyman is overreaching again. He conjures a fantasy world in which Washington's transportation infrastructure is complete, efficient and everlasting.

The real-life Initiative 976 is a direct threat to Washington's well-being. It would cut repairs to streets and bridges of 62 districts across the state, delay voter-approved mass transit in mid-construction and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. The statewide transportation budget, including highway construction and the State Patrol, would be shorted $4 billion over the next decade.

Little wonder large employers including Amazon, Alaska Airlines and Microsoft, business groups, city and county officials, unions and environmental concerns oppose I-976...

Nothing about I-976 is a good idea, in terms of responsible governance or prudent money management. Eyman asks voters to buy a falsity that there's some miraculous way to fund our state's backlog of bridge, road and transit needs. Because the courts cannot end this toxic nonsense quickly enough, voters must reject I-976 themselves.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times