October 7, 2019
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State retirement fund invests in Everett's Propeller Airports

Propeller Airports, which operates the new Paine Field passenger terminal in Everett, has received new investment from the Washington State Investment Board. The board manages investments for 17 public-sector employee retirement funds.

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Bellevue's 5G Innovation Partnership Zone is newest addition to Innovation Partnership Zones

State officials have named a new Innovation Partnership Zone in Bellevue that aims to create a global hub for the development of next generation 5G mobile networks and new technology.

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Everett Community College aims to recruit more women for aerospace training

Everett Community College has landed a grant to partner with Boeing and three Snohomish County school districts to recruit more young women to the aerospace field.

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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.