April 27, 2015
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Legislative session ends without budget deal; special session awaits

An extra $3 billion in tax revenue and the 105-day regular legislative session weren't enough. Lawmakers adjourned Friday without a budget or transportation funding plan. Gov. Jay Inslee called a special session beginning Wednesday. Budget writers will come in early to begin negotiations anew.
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Attorney general to brief Supreme Court on McCleary progress today

The state Supreme Court receivedan update today from the state Attorney General's office on the Legislature's progress meeting the high court's McCleary basic education funding ruling. With the Legislature's budget-writing work unfinished, the progress report could be summarized as "incomplete." Read more »

New TRIP report shows need for transportation investments

The region's gridlock is notorious, but equally significant is the problem of the region's deteriorating roads, bridges and highways. A new national report tallies the problems of Washington state's deferred infrastructure upkeep.
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AWB, Recover Washington continue ads focusing on business climate, transportation

Important decisions in Olympia need input from Washington's employers and citizens. With your help, AWB can reach its goal of contributing $150,000 to advertising outreach through the Recover Washington coalition. Read more »

The Ex-Im Bank supports jobs in America -- and here in Washington

With the deadline to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank just two months away, this little-known agency is getting renewed attention for its role in supporting American employers and workers.
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Help keep a half million people insured: support quality Association Health Plans!

Nearly 500,000 Washingtonians have high-quality health insurance thanks to Association Health Plans, but Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler appears to be on track to dismantle them. AWB is part of a new group, Coalition for Quality AHPs, telling the important story of how AHPs help keep Washington families healthy.
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Priority Legislation

Inslee signs bill allowing Seattle, Tacoma ports to form unified port development authority

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma can continue to develop their Seaport Alliance after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing creation of a port development authority.
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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Climate Committee to meet Thursday to discuss latest version of governor's cap-and-trade tax plan

The AWB Climate Committee will meet this Thursday, April 30, at 9 a.m. at AWB to discuss the latest language being proposed for the governor's carbon cap-and-trade tax legislation. Contact Brandon Houskeeper to learn more or Connie Grande for call-in options.

Other News

Enrollment at state health care exchange sees small change as agency asks for big budget increase

The state's health care exchange fell 40,000 enrollees short of its goal this year. This adds to the pressure of funding the agency, which is up against a deadline to become self-sufficient.
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Treasurer McIntire proposes statewide income tax paired with business tax reform

Washington Treasurer Jim McIntire last week offered a proposal to add a state income tax. Doing so would stave off future increases to the B&O, property tax and sales tax rates, and would allow them to be cut as part of comprehensive tax reforms, McIntire said. Read more »

Lampson International continues reaching toward the sky

A 560-foot-tall crane that can easily lift 6 million pounds is just one of the remarkable sights at Lampson International in the Tri-Cities. The family-owned company was highlighted this weekend in The Tri-City Herald.
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Boeing revamps Renton plant for record increase in 737 production

Boeing's 737 plant on the south shores of Lake Washington is already breaking records, producing 42 planes per month. Improvements going on now will increase production to 52 planes a month, or more.
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New PNNL director wants to put lab on the map, attract high-tech industry

Dr. Steve Ashby, the new director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, wants to see the lab's world-class scientific research more widely recognized and put the Northwest on the map as an intellectual powerhouse. Read more »

Fallen workers to be honored at April 28 ceremony

AWB will join the Washington State Labor Council for an annual memorial Tuesday in honor of the state's workers who died on the job or from workplace illnesses.
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Passages: John M. Davis, 101, founder of Davis Wright Tremaine

John M. Davis, the founder of one of the country's most successful law firms, has died at age 101. He founded the firm that became Davis Wright Tremaine in 1944 with goals that included a "Good reputation among fellow men, especially for ability and integrity." Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

Only two weeks away! Sign up now for AWB's Spring Meeting

With AWB's Spring Meeting just two weeks away, it's time to register! Hear from industry leaders and environmental innovators May 12-13 at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane.
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Webinar: Public Charter Schools in Washington State

Learn more about public charter schools in Washington in this May 18 webinar with Thomas Franta, CEO of the Washington Charter Schools Association. Read more »

Labor law update on franchises, handbook policies, one-day strikes and ambush elections

This update on the latest in NLRB decisions and labor law is scheduled for May 28. Registration is now open for this event.

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AWB forklift safety and training seminar set for June 8

Don't let forklifts become a hazard in your workplace. AWB's forklift safety seminar June 8 will help keep your employees and workplace safe.

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Tweet of the Week

Interesting Times

They Said It


"As Spock would respond, 'It's not logical.'"
~ Former Seattle P-I editorial cartoonist David Horsey, now at the L.A. Times, responding to Star Trek actor William Shatner's proposal to crowdfund a $30 billion pipeline to carry water from Seattle to southern California.

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Did Olympia learn anything from the recession?

By former Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom

What we are seeing in Olympia this year is a battle that will define the direction of state government for years to come. Now that the recession is over, should we return to the old way of doing business? Should we resume the time-honored practice of spending ourselves to the point where every economic hiccup becomes a crisis? During the recession, did we learn anything at all?
Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times

Higher taxes not the best way to reduce emissions

By Monique Trudnowski, co-owner of the Adriatic Grill Restaurant

Washingtonians value a clean environment; it's why most of us choose to live here. So reducing emissions has been a priority for government, businesses and everyday citizens for a long time.

In fact, we set a goal as a state to have greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 measure below where they were in 1990.

That has helped us achieve the seventh cleanest state economy in the country. Because of our abundant hydropower, our electricity generation emits the fourth-lowest amount of carbon dioxide in the country. We drive less and use less gas per person than almost any other state, largely because we have one of the highest rates of public transit use and carpooling.

All of this has produced tremendous results. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, carbon dioxide -- which constitutes more than 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions -- is now below Washington's 1990 levels.

This kind of success should lead us all to embrace more leadership in reducing carbon. But policies should reflect our past success and spirit of collaboration.
Click here to read the full op-ed in The News Tribune
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