December 9, 2019
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USMCA deal reportedly reached between the president and House Democrats

President Donald Trump and House Democrats have reportedly reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. Deals still need to be finalized, but if it comes together the news would be a major victory for employers, employees and families in Washington state, one of the most trade-driven states in the nation.

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D.C. Fly-in strengthens partnerships with lawmakers, trade partners

Record attendance and new connections with crucial trading partners highlighted AWB's D.C. Fly-in last week. Nearly 30 Washington employers met with Washington lawmakers and federal officials to talk about international trade, healthcare and especially infrastructure.

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Lower car-tabs are on hold, but state, city officials plan for transportation cuts

An ongoing court case continues to hold up the implementation of Initiative 976, which means drivers won't see $30 car tabs anytime soon. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court denied an emergency motion by the state attorney general to allow the initiative to take effect the next day. Meanwhile, state and local governments are still collecting money from car-tab taxes, but they're not counting on it while the case plays out.

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HP considers major plans for Vancouver

HP has big plans for its Vancouver location, including 330,000 square feet of office space in new buildings. The project could expand to 1.5 million feet of research and manufacturing space over the next 15 years.

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Record Holiday Kids' Tree Project donations brighten homes across Washington

AWB awarded $20,500 in grants and presented bags full of toys to representatives from rural fire departments Friday evening at the Capitol. These 19 fire departments will use the funds to pay for gifts and toys for rural families in need, all across the state. The donations came from AWB members and individual donors. The reach of this year's project is the broadest yet.

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U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Olympia Democrat and strong trade supporter, announces retirement

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., has announced his retirement from Congress. Heck, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, has championed the renewal of the Export-Import Bank and worked with AWB on issues like housing, international trade and more over the years.

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Spreading Christmas Joy

Vote on U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement for the sake of Washington's economic growth

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

But campaigning for president last summer, Inslee was skeptical of USMCA, siding with wary unions and environmental groups seeking more aggressive mandates...

With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Speak up

Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region's economy and fill it out

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.