October 7, 2019
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AWB brings manufacturing message to Western Washington, heads east tomorrow

AWB's Manufacturing Week statewide bus tour launched Wednesday in Vancouver. The message there and throughout the Puget Sound was that manufacturing matters, and creates good jobs and great products that are vital to Washington's economic health. This positive story is landing in media markets all over Washington. The tour continues today and covers the rest of the state this week.

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AWB honors outstanding Washington employers with Manufacturing Excellence awards

AWB has honored Feed Commodities of Tacoma, Cascade Designs of Seattle and the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery among this year's Manufacturing Excellence award winners.

Cascade Designs earned the Operational Excellence Award, Phillips 66 earned the Green Manufacturing Award and Feed Commodities was recognized as the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year. AWB President Kris Johnson presented the awards in person as part of this year's Manufacturing Week bus tour.

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State House and Senate leaders challenge Inslee's plan to move transportation dollars

Leaders from the state House and Senate transportation committees are speaking out against the governor's decision to reallocate $175 million from transportation projects to help salmon recovery. State Department of Transportation officials are moving $70 million from the Highway 520 bridge project and $30 million from I-5 improvements, among other measures.

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Seattle taxes oil heating, postpones action on natural gas

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has signed a new tax on heating oil. The tax, at 24 cents per gallon, is aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, the Seattle City Council has delayed consideration of a ban on natural gas in new construction.

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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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A Win-Win for Washington Communities

Innovative mills help economy, environment at same time

By AWB President Kris Johnson and state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz

Business, government, and residents share the same values. We place the highest premium on vibrant communities, healthy lands, and clean water.

With the right leadership and bold vision, we can create jobs and economic opportunity and preserve a healthy and clean environment. This clearly is apparent with the emergence of cross-laminated timber, which will play a key role in creating jobs in rural communities, providing building supplies to cities and towns, and reducing wildfire danger.

Read the full op-ed in the Spokane Journal of Business.
Let's call a timeout on rulemaking

Washington state's massive rulemaking is strangling businesses and must be reined in

By state Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver

During the final three days of the 105-day legislative session in April, more than $2 billion in new and higher taxes were approved by majority Democrats. These included new and increased business and occupation taxes on more than 90,000 employers and certain banks, a graduated real estate excise tax on both residential and commercial sales, a higher tax on oil and ending the sales tax exemption for Oregonians and changing it into an annual remittance program.

Because Oregon is so close to Southwest Washington's 17th Legislative District, which I represent, I've been concerned about how these tax increases affect us locally, especially our smaller businesses operating on razor-thin margins...

Read the full column in The Reflector of Battle Ground.