May 9, 2016
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Small business outreach tour begins this week in Vancouver, Tacoma, Olympia, Pullman, Mount Vernon

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 small employers are fully represented in Olympia. Join us this week and on into June as we tour the state to listen to the needs and concerns of small employers. Read more »

Judicial elections: Federal Way municipal court judge Dave Larson running for state Supreme Court

Dave Larson, a municipal court judge in Federal Way, is running for the seat on the state Supreme Court currently held by Justice Charlie Wiggins. There are a total of three positions up for election this year on the nine-member state Supreme Court. Read more »

Election update: More changes ahead for Legislature as familiar faces step down

The 2017 legislative session will face many big issues, and will have many new members to address them. New announcements over the past week continue to lay out how much the Legislature will change after this fall's election. Read more »

Audit: State is failing to collect millions in highway and bridge tolls

A newly-released audit finds that the Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT) tolling system is riddled with incorrect data and uncollectable bills. WSDOT said it's working on improvements and that its rate of collections is among the best in the nation. Read more »

AWB planning for third fly-in to Washington, D.C.

Meet with national leaders during AWB's D.C. fly-in Dec. 5-7. AWB's government affairs team will lead the trip to the nation's capitol, including congressional visits, meetings with federal agencies and the new administration. It will also include a Washington state grand reception, a candlelight tour of the Capitol and more. Read more »

Other News

Army Corps denies permit for Gateway Pacific Terminal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it would not issue a key permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal's bulk export facility at Cherry Point. The Corps ruled that the terminal would violate tribal treaty fishing rights. The decision is "astonishing," said Bob Watters of Pacific International Terminals, and the facts attached to the ruling make it "quite obvious this is a political decision and not fact-based."
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REC Silicon restarts Moses Lake plant, but solar trade dispute remains unresolved

Production will resume at REC Silicon in Moses Lake this month. The company had curtailed work in February due to ongoing trade disputes with China. Workers went into maintenance mode during the shutdown. That work now means the company can produce solar-grade polysilicon without another plant shutdown for at least two years. Read more »

About Boeing's investment and taxes in Washington

For a $305 million investment, Washington state received $13 billion in returns from Boeing's construction, payroll, direct community contributions, and hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes paid in 2015. Here are a few facts to remember about what the state of Washington gets back from the tax incentives that helped ensure Boeing continues its investment here.
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SEIU and AFSCME: Big unions consider possible merger

The New York Times is reporting that two of the nation's biggest unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), are planning for close cooperation in political campaigning and bargaining. The effort could lead to a merger that would create the nation's largest labor union. Read more »

Lisa Janicki appointed to Forest Practices Board

Former AWB board member Lisa Janicki has been appointed to the state Forest Practices Board, which helps oversee logging regulations and practices in Washington. Read more »

Department of Revenue urges early renewals before online system taken offline for replacement

The Department of Revenue will replace its online business licensing systems in early June. Because the system will be taken offline for the change, businesses with annual reports or location renewals due by May 31 should renew online by May 24. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

RESCHEDULED: Employment Law Webinar: Wage & Hours

The third installment in AWB's employment law series has been rescheduled to next Wednesday, May 18. There's still time to register for this wide-ranging class on wage and hour issues with Mona McPhee, the director of litigation at Desh International and Business Law. Learn how to minimize costs while complying with complex wage and hour laws -- and earn HR continuing education credits, all from your desk with this webinar. Register online today!
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Hear directly from gubernatorial, lieutenant governor candidates at AWB Spring Meeting

AWB will host a lieutenant governor candidate debate, and will have scheduled times for both Gov. Jay Inslee and Bill Bryant to speak to members during the 2016 Spring Meeting. That's on top of a keynote talk with CNN news commentators John Avlon and Margaret Hoover. Register today for what is sure to be a sold-out event!
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Register for 'Fundamentals of Succession and Estate Planning for Business Owners' in Spokane and Olympia

AWB and Integrity Financial Corporation are offering a pair of seminars in June and July, on both sides of the state, to help business owners with succession and estate planning. Kristofer Gray and Paul Hajek of IFC will lead the seminars, presenting options and offering insights on how to thoughtfully develop a plan to help your business and family thrive throughout the generations.
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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.
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Dennis Miller to keynote Policy Summit with a comedic take on the election

As the 2016 election heats up, a little comic relief will help lighten the mood. Comedian, television personality and radio commentator Dennis Miller will bring a humorous take on politics to AWB's Policy Summit. Registrations are now open for the three-day Policy Summit, Sept. 13-15 at Suncadia Resort. Read more »

AWB Institute

Nominate young employer-leaders to grow through AWB's Leadership Washington program

The AWB Institute is accepting nominations for the third class of Leadership Washington. This group of young business leaders will meet for the first time at the AWB Policy Summit Sept. 13-15. Download an application or learn more at the all-new AWB Institute website. Read more »

Tweet of the Week

Green Businesses



They Said It

Boeing's $13 Billion Investment in Washington


"I think what people are missing here is if we didn't have Boeing ... we wouldn't have the $13 billion investment."
~ Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, saying he's "absolutely perplexed" when he hears people talking about "how much we could do with that money" from Boeing and other companies utilizing strategic tax preferences.




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Boeing's Success Helps the Whole Economy

State's tax breaks shown to be smart investments

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Three of the best investments made by the state of Washington over the last generation were to support the University of Washington, Microsoft and Boeing.

Taxpayer support at important points helped propel all three forward. The public's return on those investments is incredible -- all three entities created priceless economic clusters, tens of thousands of jobs and a culture of innovation carrying us forward.

Washington must continue to make these smart investments ... Beneficiaries of state largesse have continued to grow and attract smart people and other companies. Those people have started and attracted more companies. This cycle and the opportunities it creates are the public's dividends.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
AWB is Listening

Giving voice to small business

By Kris Johnson

If you own a small business, you're not alone.

You're not alone in number. Small businesses drive the U.S. economy, accounting for half of America's workforce, almost half of the nation's GDP, and two-thirds of all new jobs, according to the Small Business Administration.

And you're not alone when it comes to dealing with the challenges of running a business in Washington state.

The Association of Washington Business, the state's largest business association, is launching a 15-city tour of Washington this spring and summer specifically to engage with and listen to this important segment of the economy.

The tour starts May 10 in Vancouver and includes stops in Olympia, Tacoma, Pullman, Mount Vernon, Spokane, Colville, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Wenatchee, Ellensburg, Everett, Bellevue, Grays Harbor and Port Angeles...

Click here to read the full column in The Daily Sun News
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