August 3, 2015
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Inslee announces plan to enact carbon cap, Obama announces new federal regulation

Gov. Jay Inslee last week announced a new rule to cap carbon emissions in Washington through executive action, shortly before today's unveiling of President Obama's latest greenhouse gas regulation. Inslee's action is in response to lack of progress in the Legislature on his signature cap-and-trade carbon tax proposal this year.
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Governor halts plan to submit water quality rule to Environmental Protection Agency

In a second move this week that has the potential to impact jobs and the economy, Gov. Jay Inslee set aside the draft water quality rules that business, labor, lawmakers and municipalities worked on for more than a year. Instead, the governor will direct the state Department of Ecology to look further into the rule, which if not adopted in some form, would allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set the clean water standards in Washington state.
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Puget Sound Business Journal: Small Washington state exporters 'kneecapped' by loss of Ex-Im Bank

Small employers are already feeling the pinch after the Export-Import Bank lost federal authority to give new loan guarantees. Meanwhile, in Congress, work on a long-term fix was stymied last week when lawmakers kicked the can down the road on a key highway funding bill.
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HAPPENING NOW: Connect with your member of Congress at AWB's regional meetings this week

AWB's regional meetings began today in Vancouver and Tacoma, and continue this week at locations around the state. Join us to meet with your AWB government affairs team and connect with your local member of Congress. The meetings are free and open to all business representatives, whether they are AWB members or not.
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Other News

McGladrey launches 2015 Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor

Latest survey of manufacturing executives shows outlook remains high for the sector, but U.S.-based companies are being challenged like never before by offshore competition.
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2015 Manufacturing Excellence Awards: Nominate your company today

AWB and the AWB Institute are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Excellence Awards.
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Tri-City Development Council enters into deal to help Columbia Basin companies export more goods to Asian markets

Tri-City economic leaders announced a Memorandum of Understanding with a Hong Kong based group that could generate millions in economic activity in the region and help boost trade of agricultural products, including Washington wines. The official signing of the agreement will take place Aug. 7 at the Tri-Cities Business Center in Kennewick.
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UPS Sustainability Report shows drop in greenhouse gas emissions

For the third year in a row, UPS has delivered more goods to customers while reducing per-package greenhouse gas emissions.
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Employment Security Department seeking award nominations for employing people with disabilities

Are you an employer who has made extra efforts to recruit, hire, promote and retain people with disabilities? The state's Employment Security Department wants to hear from you for its Governor's Employer Awards Program. Read more »

Washington Military Alliance adopts operations plan, founding executive committee

The Washington Military Alliance, a coalition of partners working to enhance the strength of military and defense-related activities throughout the state, recently approved its operations plan and elected its founding executive committee. Rich Hadley, representing AWB, is the group's Eastern Washington co-chair.
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Is your supply chain ready for a storm? Workshop offers tips for weathering disaster

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection is hosing a Supply Chain Resilience Workshop Aug. 13 in Portland.
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Comment invited on new Manhattan Project National Historic Park

A new national park highlighting the role of the Hanford area in the Manhattan Project is expected to draw an additional 100,000 visitors to the Tri-Cities. The National Park Service is taking final comments on the agreement that will guide operations of the new park.
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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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"We're disappointed that he's chosen to take yet another route that doesn't include business-oriented solutions." ~ Brandon Houskeeper, AWB government affairs director for climate change, responding to Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to administratively create statewide carbon limits.

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Support for Gateway Pacific and Millennium Bulk Terminals

Why labor is backing expansion of Washington trade terminals

By Lee Newgent, executive secretary of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council

No other projects on the horizon hold such promise long-term for thousands of Washington families as the proposed terminal expansions in Bellingham and Longview. By securing the future of these projects, we will bring back industrial manufacturing jobs to the state, critical to the ongoing economic recovery of our region. Trade and its necessary infrastructure account for one in four jobs in Washington. Union members working on these projects ensure continuation of the foundational bedrock of much of the state's economic success.

The Northwest needs new infrastructure investments that will come with the trade terminal expansions. Let's not forget: Over a billion dollars in private investments have been proposed to expand shipping at existing Northwest ports. Gateway Pacific Terminal's project, as well as expansion of the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, are crucial opportunities to cement the state's role as a leader in international trade. While the expansions are made possible by investments from coal, other bulk commodity industries such as agriculture, Washington's second largest export, will benefit.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Olympian
Congress Needs to Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank

Ex-Im Bank Merits Debate

By The Columbian Editorial Board

An honest debate would demonstrate that the Export-Import Bank is a worthy government program that is important to the United States' competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace. Last year, the bank financed $27.5 billion in purchases from American firms. ... Over the past 20 years, in fact, it has returned some $7 billion to the Treasury by making money on interest and fees.

As Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., wrote in an opinion piece for USA Today, "It is one of the few government programs that actually help small businesses accomplish two critical objectives -- export American-made products overseas and create good, sustainable jobs in America."
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