November 11, 2019
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Top Stories

Voters choose lower car tabs, cities scramble, and road projects are halted

Voters chose to lower car tab fees by a solid margin in Tuesday's election, with 53% of voters saying yes to Initiative 976. Reaction was swift: Seattle and King County are preparing to fight the election in court, and other local governments are assessing the impact to their transportation budgets. On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the state Department of Transportation to halt projects not already underway.

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Lovelett, Ybarra cruise to big victories

Two appointed lawmakers earned big victories in Tuesday's election. State Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, and State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, are headed back to the Legislature in the 2020 session. The Legislature's political makeup remains the same.

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Voters ban income tax in Spokane, choose several incumbents in Seattle

Some local Washington elections produced interesting results last week, as Spokane voters proactively banned a local income tax, and Seattle voters largely stuck with incumbents in the city council.

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The best of Washington companies get the spotlight at AWB event Nov. 20

Live jazz, champagne and celebration: AWB's annual Evening of Excellence is a night on the town that's not to be missed. Join us for an elegant evening of celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. The best of Washington employers will be in the spotlight as we announce our 2019 annual award winners. This event is approaching fast, and there is only one week left to get your tickets
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Federal Issues

Washington lawmakers urge approval of light rail project funding

Seven representatives and two senators from Washington's congressional delegation are lobbying the federal government to support light rail in the Puget Sound.

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Ex-Im Bank renewal could face House vote this week

A bill to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank could be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives later this week. The measure increases the bank's lending authority, includes several reforms and reauthorizes the export credit agency for another 10 years.

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Other News

State Sen. Maureen Walsh announces she won't run again

State Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, announced Thursday she will not seek another term in 2020.

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Everett passenger service strong, thanks to business support

The newly-opened Paine Field Passenger Terminal in Everett is doing brisk business, thanks in part to employers that need to connect with their colleagues in cities around the country.

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This year's apple crop one of the largest in state history

Washington growers are reaping the rewards of their investments with one of the biggest apple crops in state history, The Associated Press reports.

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Child care challenge resonates in Washington media

The high cost of child care and the barriers it creates for employers and families is a story being told around the state.

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Access employee benefits at competitive rates

A new suite of employee benefit programs through Colonial Life can help employers give workers access to quality insurance options.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Rural Jobs Task Force meets Tuesday in the Tri-Cities

AWB's Rural Jobs Task Force will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Tri-Cities. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA, 99336. For more information please contact Mike Ennis at

AWB Events & Resources

Holiday Kids' Tree campaign now underway

The holidays are approaching and AWB is getting ready for this year's Holiday Kids' Tree Project. AWB members have donated more than $420,000 since 1989 to help rural families in need. New this year: Donations are now accepted online.

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Tweet of the Week

For Roads, A World of Hurt

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A Resounding Victory

''I screamed my head off, this is the best birthday present ever. I've been a fan since I was little, when the Sounders were first here. I never thought I'd witness anything like this.'' -- Seattle Sounders fan Jody Pollock, after the Sounders won the Major League Soccer championship Sunday.

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Election Fallout

Voters deliver a win for Eyman and concerns for Democrats

By Jerry Cornfield, The Herald

OLYMPIA -- Voters across the state had their say Tuesday night on the cost of car tabs and the resurrection of affirmative action. In Snohomish County, they also weighed in on who should lead their cities and protect their safety.

Here are five takeaways from the first night of ballot counting.

Tim Eyman is less unpopular than car tabs and Sound Transit...

Read the full column in The Herald.
A Better Workforce

Getting young girls interested in STEM at school isn't 'rocket science'

By Melissa Grytdal, guest columnist, Tri-City Herald

In December 2008, I was flying from Atlanta to spend Christmas with my family in Kennewick and celebrate passing my professional engineering license.

My father pulled me aside and surprised me by gifting me with his slide rule. My dad was an engineer, and his slide rule was a proud memento. There was no fanfare or ceremony, just the two of us. He kiddingly told me it was ''time to pass the baton'' to me, the second-generation engineer...

Read the full column in The Tri-City Herald.