September 14, 2015
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Policy Summit begins Tuesday. We'll see you at Suncadia!

It's finally time for the state's biggest annual business and policy event -- AWB's 26th annual Policy Summit. With more than 40 speakers, from former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to pollster John Zogby and Gov. Jay Inslee, this could be a Policy Summit for the ages. We'll see you at Suncadia for golf on Tuesday, a packed lineup Wednesday and our board meeting Thursday. Read more »

Get the most from Policy Summit by downloading the app

Enhance your Policy Summit experience in advance by downloading our smartphone app. Meet fellow attendees, get details on speakers and events, find detailed maps, receive timely updates and more. It's simple and as close as the phone in your pocket. Read more »

A busy week in education: Charter school ruling, Seattle teacher strike and McCleary negotiations

Negotiations began last week on ways for lawmakers to respond to the state Supreme Court's declaration that public charter schools are unconstitutional. Democratic senators called for the response to be part of an overall McCleary funding package. Meanwhile, as the Seattle teacher's strike continued with no apparent progress toward resolution, a deal appears to have been struck to end a teacher walkout in Pasco.
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Summer edition of Washington Business magazine is out

Just in time for Policy Summit, the latest edition of AWB's quarterly magazine began hitting mailboxes this week. We look at the state of Washington's carbon fiber innovation, an education program to help Washington's orchard workers, Policy Summit keynote speaker Alan Mulally shares his thoughts in an exclusive AWB interview, and much more. Read it online here! Read more »

Bertha ready to rumble -- maybe

The world's biggest deep-bore tunnel machine is back together and nearly ready to resume its crawl underneath downtown Seattle. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Water Resources Committee meeting set for Sept. 30

The AWB Water Resources Committee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. in the AWB conference room to discuss the upcoming 2016 legislative session and continue the conversation on the water infrastructure funding bill. Contact Connie Grande for call-in information or Mike Ennis to learn more.

AWB Immigration Reform Committee to meet Sept. 28

The AWB Immigration Reform Committee is meeting Monday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. in the AWB conference room. There will be updates on federal reform efforts, including changes to how work visas are processed. The committee will also discuss changes to the draft Immigration Reform Legislative Objective. Contact Connie Grande for call-in information or Bob Battles for more on the contents of the meeting.

AWB Minimum Wage Committee will meet Sept. 23

The AWB Minimum Wage Committee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. in the AWB conference room. Contact Connie Grande for call-in information or Bob Battles for more information about the meeting.

Other News

Chinese president to come to Seattle, meet with tech leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with business leaders in Seattle, including Bill Gates, during his upcoming visit to the United States.

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Business Benchmarks released from Washington Roundtable

Washington can be a great place to do business -- and a challenge. The Washington Roundtable has released its latest Business Benchmarks survey, comparing our state on a number of important metrics. The rankings show how Washington's business climate shines -- and where there's a need for improvement.

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Public input sought in workforce forums being held throughout the state

The state's Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board held their first workforce development plan public hearing last week in Vancouver. The forums continue around the state through October.

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State's revenues come in nearly $156 million higher than forecast

With strong employment numbers and expansion in the housing and construction sectors, Washington has collected more in taxes this summer than expected. Revenues since June have come in nearly $156 million (2.6 percent) higher than projected.

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Sen. Andy Hill announces he will not run for governor

The Redmond Republican ended months of speculation on Friday, telling supporters he will not enter gubernatorial race in 2016. His announcement means former Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant is the only Republican in the race against Gov. Jay Inslee.

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In memoriam: longtime legislator Maggie Hurley of Spokane

Former state representative and senator Maggie Hurley, "the grande dame of North Spokane," died recently just shy of her 106th birthday. She was a populist Democrat known for battling tax increases and the North-South Freeway.

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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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AWB Events & Resources

Registrations open for Nov. 12 Manufacturing Summit in SeaTac

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015 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.

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Tuesday, Nov. 3: Employment At-Will in Washington -- Dead or Alive?

What is the true definition of Employment At-Will in Washington state and, more importantly, what are its many exceptions? Learn what best practices your company should implement in order to minimize the chance of a discrimination claim. Register today! Read more »

Tuesday, Oct. 20: The Rights and Responsibilities of Being an Employer: Avoid Wage and Hour Claims, Create an Employment Handbook that Works for You and Build Loyalty within Your Team

Mona McPhee, director of litigation at Desh International and Business Law, will present a two-hour seminar Tuesday, Oct. 20, geared toward helping business leaders, payroll personnel and human resource managers watch the bottom line while building a culture of teamwork. Registration is now open! Read more »

Tweet of the Week

Ready for Policy Summit

They Said It

Students Need Charter Schools

"This is the civil rights struggle of our time."
~ Longtime public charter schools advocate Jim Spady, saying the innovations offered by charter schools will better serve disadvantaged kids and families who depend on a quality public education.

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Protecting Washington's Economy, too

Military plays important role in Washington economy

By Kris Johnson, AWB president

Airplanes, apples, coffee and software.

Many of Washington state's biggest industries and employers are well known throughout the country and even the world.

But one of the state's biggest economic drivers is sometimes overlooked here at home: the military.

As Congress and military leaders consider downsizing military bases throughout the country, some Washington state leaders are doing what they can to raise awareness about the impact of the military on the state economy.

Click here to read the full column in Wenatchee Valley Business World
Public Charter Schoold Change Lives

Why charter schools are worth saving

By Taylor Williams, a founding math and computer science teacher at Excel Public Charter School in Kent

Our public charter school is truly a special place.

It's hard for me to fully articulate how much these first three weeks have bolstered my faith in the potential of public education. The flexibility and strong leadership found at Excel and at the other public charter schools that recently opened their doors creates an incredible opportunity for all families -- particularly those who have historically been underserved by the public education system. ...

Public charter schools have given our children a chance to fulfill their unique needs and interests. We shouldn't let them and their families down. It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee to hold a special legislative session immediately to address the law -- supported by voters and parents -- and ensure there is no disruption for these 1,200 charter-school students.
Click here to read the full column in The Seattle Times
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