August 17, 2015
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Supreme Court fines Legislature $100,000 a day over lack of McCleary funding plan

The state Supreme Court ruled last week that the Legislature, which allocated $1.3 billion more for K-12 education and gave pay raises to teachers, wasn't on pace to meet the 2018 deadline for compliance with its 2012 McCleary education ruling. Justices imposed a $100,000 daily penalty on the state to put more pressure on lawmakers. Read more »

Gov. Inslee pushes for carbon cap by next summer; will meet with AWB members next week about rule

Gov. Jay Inslee is calling for the Department of Ecology to "do everything possible" to formulate a binding cap on carbon emissions by next summer. The governor will speak to AWB members next week about the issue. Read more »

New report: Washington still has the nation's highest workers' compensation benefit costs

The newly released National Academy of Social Insurance annual workers' compensation report repeats news we've sadly come to expect: Washington has the highest benefits costs. Again. Read more »

AWB places in top two in national Chamber of the Year competition

Last year, AWB was the first statewide chamber of commerce to ever be named a finalist for Chamber of the Year. Last week, AWB was again named runner-up in the annual Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives competition. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council to meet Wednesday in Seattle

The AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council will meet this Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon at KPMG in Seattle. Topics for discussion include the recently held Citizen Commission on Tax Preferences, a summary of Initiative 1136, and a possible amicus brief. For a conference call connection, contact Connie Grande.

Other News

Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy join as partners in Gateway Pacific Terminal project

The Gateway Pacific Terminal has new partners. The Crow Tribe of Indians and Cloud Peak Energy have joined SSA Marine as strategic partners in the project, a planned 54-million ton dry bulk export terminal near Bellingham. Read more »

New European aerospace outposts in Everett 'bring outsized potential to region'

Two large European manufacturers are opening small offices in Washington to work with Boeing and other aerospace companies. While these "outposts" are small, they could have a big influence, officials say.
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Two new public charter schools authorized for 2016 as eight prepare to open this fall

The Washington State Charter School Commission last week authorized new public charter schools in Walla Walla and West Seattle. Eight public charter schools are set to open their doors to students for the first time over the coming weeks. When added to previously authorized schools, Washington will have 12 public charter schools in full operation by fall of 2016. Read more »

Save the date: Manufacturing Day set for Oct. 2

Manufacturing Day will be held this Oct. 2. Washington employers and technical training schools will be part of the national open house to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Read more »

Bid to hold state's presidential primary election earlier in 2016 unsuccessful

Democrats last week blocked a proposal to move Washington's presidential primary earlier in 2016. Moving the primary up to March, from its current late-in-the-election-season May date, would have given Washington voters more relevance, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. Read more »

Washington apple crop predicted to be third largest in history

The state's orchardists are looking for another strong harvest this year, although not quite as bountiful as last year's record apple harvest. Still, this year's apple crop is projected to be 125 million cartons, the third-largest in state history. Read more »

2015 Manufacturing Excellence Awards: Nominate your company today

AWB and the AWB Institute are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

Save the date: Manufacturing Summit set for Nov. 12 in SeaTac

Mark your calendars for the 2015 AWB Manufacturing Summit. This year's celebration of "Made in Washington" innovation will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Crowne Plaza in SeaTac. Contact AWB Director of Member Relations and Events Stephanie Hemphill to learn more about event and sponsorship opportunities. Read more »

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. Read more »

Tweet of the Week


They Said It


"It makes me wonder if (the justices) were paying attention to what we were doing."~ Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, a member of the House Education Committee, about the Supreme Court's ruling that tells the Legislature it does not have an adequate plan to continue boosting K-12 education spending.

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State needs better clean energy approach than Inslee's

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, and Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick

Gov. Jay Inslee is threatening, in the name of the environment, to impose a costly carbon cap on Washington -- really a tax by another name.

It wouldn't make a difference to the global climate, but we can be sure it would choke economic growth in this state, drive up gas prices, make it more expensive for you to heat your home and create great hardship for seniors and the working poor.

Somehow the governor has gotten the notion he can implement this scheme without a vote of the Legislature or the people, and odds are the lawyers will argue that question for years. Before that happens there is a more important question we should consider: Is there a better way? Of course there is. ...
Click here to read the full op-ed in The News Tribune

Huh? Supreme court has 'no opinion' on levy reform?

By the Editorial Board of The News Tribune

After three and a half years of threatening lawmakers over their failure to fully fund basic education, the Washington Supreme Court finally unlimbered its artillery Thursday. The dreaded mighty howitzers turned out to be -- a pop gun.

The $100,000-a-day sanctions the court imposed on the Legislature -- to be suspended if it goes into special session and produces a real funding plan -- sounds like a staggering amount of money to the guy on the street.

In fact, it's close to budget dust in terms of the state's $38.2 billion biennial budget. ...

The poorly designed sanctions actually aren't the worst part of this order.

In an unfortunate and gratuitous footnote, the justices stated, "We offer no opinion on whether full state funding of basic education salaries must be accompanied by levy reform ..."

You sure could have fooled us.
Click here to read the full editorial in The News Tribune
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