June 22, 2015
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Hope emerges for budget deal; lawmakers should also finalize work on transportation package

After months with little progress, budget talks appear to be moving again in Olympia. As negotiations reach their end game, employers are urging legislators to also cross the finish line on a transportation investment and reform package. Read more »

Microsoft, University of Washington collaborating on Global Innovation Exchange in Bellevue

Universities, international students and private industry will be able to collaborate in unique ways at the newly announced Global Innovation Exchange. Microsoft is donating $40 million and collaborating with UW to build this new tech institute in Bellevue. Read more »

U.S. House passes fast-track trade bill, but outcome uncertain in the Senate

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a trade-promotion authority bill similar to the one they had previously rejected. The bill now goes back to the Senate, but the politics surrounding it are hard to predict. Read more »

National Association of Manufacturers features video of Ex-Im Bank's help for Washington workers

American workers benefit when their employers can sell made-in-the-USA goods overseas. Export credit guarantees from the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank help make that possible. An AWB-produced video about a Washington employer is helping tell that story for the National Association of Manufacturers. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

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. Read more »

Other News

Passages: Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University

Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University, died Saturday of colon cancer. Leaders across the state praised Floyd as a "visionary" and "what a leader looks like." He presided over a successful $1 billion capital campaign, legislative approval of a WSU medical school and the highest enrollment in the university's history. Read more »

Linnen to lead external relations at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Paula Linnen, a longtime leader at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will take over as director of external relations at the Department of Energy Laboratory. Read more »

Report: One in three American workers would quit if employer didn't offer health benefits

A new survey of 2,700 U.S. workers finds that employer support of health insurance is vitally important to workers.

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Janicki Industries announces agreement to recycle fiberglass in innovative ways

Old windmill blades could be remade into large-scale noise barriers on highways, thanks to a new agreement between Janicki Industries and Global Fiberglass Solutions, Inc. Read more »

L&I looking for small business manager

The Department of Labor & Industries is advertising for a small business manager. This position will be a key point of contact between the state and the employer community. Read more »

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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Succession planning fundamentals seminar July 9: how to transition ownership of your company

When transitioning your company to the next generation, your family can't afford to make any mistakes. Learn how to maximize the value of your business, minimize the tax burden of the transition, and create the legacy you want during a July 9 seminar in Bellevue. Read more »

Tweet of the Week

Building Jets, Creating Jobs



They Said It

Two Big Jobs Remain

"I think both investments in education and a transportation budget are important for the state of Washington. I hope and believe we can achieve both." ~ Gov. Jay Inslee, expressing the need for passage of both an operating budget and a transportation package before legislative adjournment.




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TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

Newhouse casts important vote for Washington exporters, jobs


By Lori Mattson, president and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber

Congressman Dan Newhouse deserves Washington's thanks for his vote in support of Trade Promotion Authority. This important legislation is essential to employers throughout the state, which depend on free trade in order to sell Washington and American goods and services to 95 percent of the world's customers living outside the U.S.

Nationally, one in four manufacturing jobs depends on exports and one in three acres on American farms is planted for consumers overseas. Washington is the most trade-dependent state in the nation. It supports nearly 1 million jobs, and our state's exports of goods and services last year reached $100 billion. Trade is especially important for the state's small businesses, more than 11,000 of which are exporters.
Click here to read the full op-ed in The Tri-City Herald
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Once a polluter, Boeing now leading on Duwamish River cleanup


By Will Stelle, administrator of the West Coast Region of NOAA Fisheries


We must recognize those property-owners who are living up to their responsibilities in cleaning up and restoring the Duwamish, and hold them up as the example that we expect others to follow.

Boeing, in cooperation with regulatory agencies, has taken the lead in taking on that important responsibility and setting a high bar for others.

Much more hard work remains on the Duwamish. But Boeing has stepped into the spotlight by going first. Let's appreciate the high standard Boeing set for a river that so desperately needs it. And let's urge other partners in the crucial Duwamish cleanup to demonstrate the same environmental commitment.
Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
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