June 15, 2015
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How long can it go? Budget negotiations now projected to last to June 30 deadline, or beyond

As the U.S. Open begins in University Place and hotel rooms in the South Sound become scarce, lawmakers are looking at bunking in dorms at St. Martin's University or in the nearby convent. The other solution -- finishing a budget and adjourning the second special session -- is still elusive as negotiations continue and the end of the fiscal year approaches.   Read more »

New proposals emerge to reform school levy system

A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a plan last week that would reform the local property levy system and move funding for basic education back to the state level beginning in the 2018-19 school year and be phased in over four years. The bill is not expected to pass this year, but will jump-start the conversation, say sponsors.   Read more »

After setback in the House, Trade Promotion Authority could get another chance this week

Unions handed a defeat to President Obama last week, pressuring Democratic representatives into a vote that derailed Trade Promotion Authority. The measure, which passed the Senate with wide bipartisan support, could be back up for a vote this week.    Read more »

Procedural vote gives hope to supporters of Ex-Im Bank

The 80-year-old Export-Import Bank's charter will expire June 30 if Congress doesn't act to reauthorize this agency that helps businesses of all sizes safely sell American-made goods overseas.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: AWB will interview all three 9th District candidates in Pasco this week

AWB will interview the three candidates for the open House seat in the 9th Legislative District during a meeting this Thursday at the Pasco Chamber of Commerce. All AWB members from the district are invited to attend. Note that the event will be held at the Pasco Chamber's temporary new address.

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Save the date: AWB regional meetings Aug. 3-6

Meet with AWB's leadership and government affairs teams during our annual regional meetings the first week of August. It's a chance to share your perspective on Washington's business climate and hear updates from your business's advocates in Olympia.

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Other News

Microsoft donates $10 million for new UW computer science building

The Redmond-based tech giant is donating $10 million to kick-start an effort to expand the University of Washington's maxed-out computer science department -- and remind lawmakers that the state needs to support training of future high-tech workers.

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America has the most job openings in 15 years

There were 5.4 million job openings in the United States in April, the most since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking monthly job openings 15 years ago.

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Boeing 787-9 turns heads with near-vertical takeoff during test flight at Moses Lake

In preparation for the Paris Air Show, Boeing's 787-9 displayed what CNET called "the nearly unreal vertical takeoff powers of the next-gen passenger jet" last week as its pilots showed off acrobatic moves not used in commercial flights.

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New accident/injury reporting requirements go into effect July 1

Employers have new reporting requirements for injuries when new Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) rules go into effect July 1, including a new rule to report within 24 hours some injuries that do not require hospitalizations.

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New Directions: AWB publishes 2014 annual report

The 2014 AWB annual report is now available online. It details the association's new outreach and engagement efforts during this time of a rapidly changing policy landscape.

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AWB Events & Resources

Register now for 2015 Policy Summit

The 26th annual AWB Policy Summit will be held Sept. 15-17 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Online registration has now opened. Don't miss the chance to hear from political and business leaders from around the state and nation. Register today!
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Tweet of the Week

Building Jets, Creating Jobs

They Said It

Far From the Finish Line

"There's a lot of work to be done. ... There's a lot of mileage to cover." ~ Gov. Jay Inslee, describing the status of legislative budget negotiations.

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Don't Miss the Moment

State lawmakers shouldn't squander progress on transportation bill

By The Seattle Times

Legislators are close enough to taste the victory of passing a statewide transportation package that would create thousands of jobs and make the state's infrastructure safer for all. They must not let this opportunity slip before the second session ends.

Lawmakers must keep their eyes on the prize: a plan that relieves congestion, gets people home to their families quicker, creates jobs and invests in public transit.

Negotiators say they are nearing a deal. They and the governor should close it -- or face explaining why they didn't to voters next year.

Click here to read the full editorial from The Seattle Times
Washington Needs Transportation Investment

Transpo package shouldn't be delayed over low-carbon fuels standard

By Rob McKenna

As negotiations over the state budget drag on in during this second overtime session, a statewide transportation package will continue to languish until a budget deal is reached. The transportation package is sitting there, ready to go. Legislative leaders largely agree on the size of the package, the projects it will build, and how it will be funded.

One large, open question remains: will the governor's demand for a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) sink the transportation package? The Senate's transportation package includes a provision to make it difficult for the governor to impose an LCFS by executive order.

Click here to read the full commentary at Smarter Government Washington
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