April 18, 2016
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Inslee throws budget out of balance with line-item veto

Gov. Jay Inslee used his line-item veto today to eliminate parts of the state's balanced budget, putting the state more than $200 million out of balance over the next four years. The changes will make next year's budget debate even more difficult, and are a blow against Washington's progressive four-year balanced budget law.
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Just announced! New AWB 'Shout Out, Small Business' meetings coming to your community in May and June

Small businesses are the heart of AWB -- 92 percent of AWB members have fewer than 100 employees. As we prepare for the 2017 legislative session, AWB needs your help to create a small business agenda to ensure that the needs and perspectives of the state's powerhouse -- small employers -- is fully represented in Olympia. Join us in May and June at our "Shout Out, Small Business" meetings throughout the state to help shape AWB's small business agenda.
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Annual report highlights how AWB is helping Washington prosper

The new AWB Annual Report is as much a look forward as it is a review of 2015. The AWB's all-new Annual Report is built around AWB's five new strategies: Achieve, Connect, Employ, Compete and Place. Copies of the report were mailed out to members last week, and the full report is also available online.
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Spring edition of Washington Business magazine is on its way

Watch your mailbox for the latest edition of AWB's Washington Business magazine, which focuses on the state's high-tech economy -- and how it stretches from the skyscrapers of Seattle to every corner of the state. We also take a look at training for cybersecurity and diesel technology in community colleges, education reform in the K-12 system and much more. Read the full edition online for free! Read more »

AWB accepting nominations for state's most innovative employers

AWB is expanding its tradition of recognizing employer excellence with a new focus for its 2016 awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the Manufacturing Excellence awards and the new Evening of Excellence for employers who are helping Washington achieve, connect, innovate and protect the environment. Read more »

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Support Redevelopment to Create Jobs

Remove the barriers to prosperity

By Lee Newgent, Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO; Larry Brown, Aerospace Machinists Union District Lodge 751; and Vince O'Halloran, Sailors' Union of the Pacific

Communities across our state are being rocked by the loss of jobs from closures of viable industry and manufacturing -- such as the Alcoa plant in Wenatchee. At the same time, we are facing extreme resistance to use or repurpose sites that have been closed, symptomatic of a growing and devastating "deindustrialization" sentiment. Examples include opposition to the proposal to use a former Alcoa plant for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, and the proposal in Tacoma -- now on hold -- to convert a former aluminum smelter into a methanol refinery.

It's no secret that our regulatory process is broken. It has become so protracted and unpredictable that we are sending potential investors the unmistakable message that Washington is an inhospitable place to launch new industrial, energy and transportation facilities.

Each of these issues can and must be addressed immediately by state leaders.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Wenatchee World
Sensible Savings

Even uncommon voices can find common ground on energy efficiency

By Ross Eisenberg of the National Association of Manufacturers and Kit Kennedy of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Washington, D.C., has earned a reputation in recent years as a city plagued by hyper-partisan gridlock. Yet our two organizations -- which often disagree -- have found common ground on energy efficiency. It's instructive to look at why both the National Association of Manufacturers and the Natural Resources Defense Council both support it.

It's simple, really: by building better buildings, making more innovative products, and using creative manufacturing processes, we can accomplish multiple goals -- reducing wasted resources, improving our electricity system, preventing more toxic pollution, reducing climate change, and fueling economic growth. Many new, innovative energy efficiency products and technologies are made right here by American manufacturers, creating jobs and economic growth across the nation.

Candidates aren't banging their fists on the lectern about energy efficiency. There are no big-budget commercials or fiery debates on TV. But that's not because the issue isn't important. Buildings consume approximately 40 percent of all the energy used in the United States. Improving energy efficiency of our buildings, and of the appliances and equipment inside them, is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the environment, save money, combat global climate change, and stoke our economy...

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Hill
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