October 7, 2019
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U.S. Economy Added 136,000 Jobs in September

The American economy is holding up despite signs of a global slowdown, The Wall Street Journal reports. Unemployment dropped to its lowest rate in 50 years in September, and employers added 136,000 jobs.

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Global Entrepreneurship Month offers dozens of workshops, events around Washington

The Washington State Department of Commerce is highlighting workshops, events and collaborations as part of Global Entrepreneurship Month, from marketing and financial management classes to webinars about government contracting.

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Federal policy makers to host childcare workshop in Seattle Nov. 4

Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are hosting a roundtable discussion on improving access to high-quality childcare on Nov. 4 in Seattle. The workshop will identify challenges unique to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, discuss solutions and strategies, and take away recommendations from parents, providers and business leaders.

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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.