May 18, 2015
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AWB Spring Meeting highlighted leadership

AWB held is annual Spring Meeting in Spokane May 12-13. The theme was "Leading for Change" and featured well-known auto executive Bob Lutz, who spoke on his leadership experience in the auto industry over a nearly 50-year career. Read more »

Environmental excellence, leadership and service awards presented

One of the highlights of the AWB Spring Meeting is the presentation of the environmental excellence and leadership and service awards. This year, AWB honored five employers for embracing sustainability and environmental stewardship, and three Washingtonians for service and leadership contributions. Read more »

Inaugural Leadership Washington class graduates; second class recruitment underway

Kicked off at AWB's Policy Summit last September and sponsored by Battelle, the first-ever AWB Institute Leadership Washington class graduated at AWB's Spring Meeting May 12. They were honored during the evening dinner event. Read more »

New, more complex cap-and-trade tax plan unveiled further complicating budget talks

What many thought was a dead issue in the Legislature has been revived. The $1.3 billion cap-and-trade tax plan first introduced by Gov. Jay Inslee in his budget rollout last December failed to get traction in the in the Democratically-led House of Representatives during the 103-day regular session. However, a new proposal released last week by House and Senate Democrats has brought new life to the controversial tax idea. Read more »

State revenue forecast moved up in effort to kickstart stalled budget negotiations

House and Senate leaders agreed to move the quarterly state revenue forecast slated for mid-June to today in an effort to kickstart stalled budget talks. Lawmakers are currently in week three of a 30-day special session that ends May 28. Read more »

Other News

Boeing pushes back against criticism, notes local training push in advance of hiring up to 30,000 workers

Boeing Commercial Airlines CEO Ray Conner last week issued a strong defense of the company, noting its major expansion in Everett and saying the company is helping train thousands of people for an anticipated 30,000 job openings in upcoming years.

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Spokane Community College chooses new president

Dr. Ryan Carstens, vice president for academic affairs at New Mexico State University's Alamogordo campus, was selected to replace Spokane Community College President Scott Morgan, who is retiring this fall. Carstens will take the helm July 1.

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State salary board approves pay raise for lawmakers, other public officials

The state salary-setting commission voted last week to give Washington lawmakers, the governor and several other state officials a pay raise that will be phased over two years beginning in September.

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Port Commissioner Bill Bryant announces bid for governor

Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant launched his campaign for governor last week. He will likely face current Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November 2016.

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Tacoma mayor puts together Minimum Wage Task Force

Mayor Marilyn Strickland has appointed a diverse set of members to a new minimum wage task force in response to a request by the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber of Commerce for a "right-sized local solution" to raising the city's minimum wage.

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U.S. Chamber to host conference call with Congressman Paul Ryan on Trade Promotion Authority

Washington's economy thrives in large part because of trade, and as Congress considers an important bill to allow Trade Promotion Authority, it's important for lawmakers to hear from the employer community. Join the U.S. Chamber for a conference call on Tuesday with Congressman Paul Ryan, chair of the House Ways & Means Committee.

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Women in Manufacturing event held at Bellingham Technical College

Manufacturing fields offer high-paying jobs in a widely diverse industry. An event last week in Bellingham, sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, highlighted the stories of women working in manufacturing. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

Rescheduled: Public charter schools webinar to be held May 27

Learn more about public charter schools in Washington next Wednesday, May 27, in a 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

As unions file petitions for 'ambush elections' under a new NLRB rule, AWB will offer an update on the latest in NLRB decisions and labor law on May 28. Register today for this educational webinar.

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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

Environmental Excellence

They Said It

Unstable Funding

"Absolutely not." ~ Washington Education Association representative Ray Nelson, when asked if a cap-and-trade carbon tax would be his preferred method of funding public education.

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Move forward with trade bill

By The Herald Editorial Board

Washington state and the nation can benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Adding conditions inside and outside of the Trade Promotion Authority bill can assure that the protections Americans want are included in the trade deals that follow.
Click here to read the full editorial in The Herald
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