July 27, 2015
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Inslee considering revoking consumer protections in transportation package, imposing low-carbon fuel standard

Gov. Jay Inslee is reportedly thinking of enacting a low-carbon fuel standard by executive order despite strong bipartisan opposition to the policy. This would trigger a clause in the state's new transportation package that would shift $1.2 billion from bicycle and mass transit projects to highway construction. Advocates for alternative transportation are not pleased.
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Legislature sends a self-assessment to the Supreme Court on education funding

After the Legislature added $1.3 billion to K-12 education funding, lawmakers last week finished their own report card for submission to the state Supreme Court. It's an annual requirement as the high court monitors the state's progress in meeting its McCleary education funding mandate. The court will review the report today and is expected to offer its ruling before Labor Day.
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Connect with your member of Congress at AWB's regional meetings Aug. 3-6

Five members of Congress have confirmed that they will meet with employers next week at AWB's regional meetings next week, led by our government affairs team. The meetings are free and open to all business representatives, whether they are AWB members or not.
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Last chance to apply for Leadership Washington's class of 2016

The deadline to submit an application for Washington's newest statewide leadership training program is July 31. This will be the second class of Leadership Washington, which will tour the state's regions and economies over a nine-month program that kicks off at the AWB Policy Summit Sept. 15-17 in Cle Elum. Apply today!
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Other News

What businesses need to know about proposed changes to overtime rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has published its proposed regulations to increase the minimum wage salary exemption level for white-collar workers. If enacted, 4.6 million employees who are currently exempt from overtime would be entitled to it.
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Redmond-based asteroid mining company launches first satellite into space

The first test satellite for Planetary Resources was jettisoned into space this month from the International Space Station. It's a milestone moment for the Redmond-based company, which plans to mine for precious minerals and water from asteroids.
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State Supreme Court ruling gives hospital partnerships the green light

Washington's high court ruled that the state's health department went beyond its authority by heavily regulating affiliations and partnerships between hospitals. The ruling is a win for hospitals looking to improve care and reduce costs by cooperating with each other.
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Lure of advanced composites work on 777X prompts Janicki Industries to open Everett office

Here's more proof that the 777X is turning Everett into a carbon composite hub: Janicki Industries, a leader in carbon composite design and manufacturing, is opening a field office two minutes from Boeing's Everett headquarters.
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Boeing donates $30 million for Museum of Flight and STEM education

The Boeing Company and the family of the late Bill Boeing Jr. will give a total of $30 million to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at the Museum of Flight.
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Seaport Alliance receives federal OK; key vote coming Aug. 4

The Federal Maritime Commission has approved the merger of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. The port commissions will seal the unification of their marine cargo terminal investments, operations, planning and marketing with votes on Aug. 4.
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AWB Events & Resources

Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford and Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to give Policy Summit keynote

Register now for this year's Policy Summit to hear from Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co. and Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He will give the keynote address at the year's biggest business policy gathering, Sept. 15-17 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.
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Tweet of the Week

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"Don't do it, governor."
- The Seattle Times editorial board, urging Gov. Jay Inslee to reject the idea of imposing a low-carbon fuel standard by executive order. The Times explained the consequences: "If he goes ahead with the low-carbon fuel standard, he would undermine the carbon-emission reductions in the transportation package gained by getting people out of their cars. He would make meaningless all the hard-won compromises negotiated by his fellow Democrats. And he would cement the notion that he is more focused on his own climate change agenda than on leading the state."

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Manufacturing jobs offer path to middle class

By Kris Johnson, AWB president

Manufacturing is making a comeback in America, but not in California.

Since 2010, the U.S. economy has added 660,000 new manufacturing jobs, but California only saw 8,000 of them. That's a growth rate of just 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, Texas added 72,000 industrial jobs during the same period.

As Washington leaders debate adding new taxes -- including a cap-and-trade energy tax similar to one adopted in California -- it's worth paying attention to the economy in the Golden State. ...
Click here to read the op-ed in the Wenatchee Valley Business Journal

Seattle booms, but economy must work for entire state

By Verlynn Best, president and CEO of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce

Trade has been the lifeblood of Washington state for centuries. But will that always be the case? People in areas outside of King County and Seattle are looking for leadership on our economy, in a way that creates opportunities not only for them, but for their children and generations to follow. Investing in trade and the infrastructure to move people, goods and services, is a guaranteed return on investment.

We need an economy that works for the entire state. Investments in our ports and the infrastructure necessary to encourage trade growth are reliable ways to facilitate a more equitable recovery across Washington state.
Click here to read the op-ed in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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