June 13, 2016
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It's Spring Meeting time! We'll see you Tuesday in Spokane

The sold-out AWB Spring Meeting begins tomorrow in Spokane! With visits by CNN commentators and gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant, plus a full lieutenant governor debate, the focus will be on this year's national and state.
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Small business outreach tour resumes in Spokane, Colville, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Wenatchee and Ellensburg

The next leg of AWB's small business outreach tour begins this week in Spokane and Colville, and continues next week in the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Wenatchee and Ellensburg. Join us to share your stories of what's working for Washington employers -- and what's not -- as AWB crafts its 2017 small business agenda. RSVP now!
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Schools chief, McCleary plaintiffs call for tough measures against Legislature, schools in education funding battle

State School Superintendent Randy Dorn last week said it might be time to shut down the state's K-12 public school system as a way of upping the ante in the battle over school funding and the McCleary lawsuit. Other get-tough suggestions include revoking all tax incentives or redirecting other state spending into education.
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First new toxic regulation passes Congress in 40 years

Congress sent to President Barack Obama last week a sweeping bipartisan bill that reforms toxic chemical regulation. Employers and environmentalists worked together on the first major reform to federal toxics regulation in four decades.
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Preparing for the Big One: Cascadia megaquake drill drives home disaster survival lessons

Last week, Washington held its biggest ever emergency disaster drill. The "Cascadia Rising" exercise simulated a magnitude 9 megaquake and tsunami. From the governor and National Guard to local first responders and citizens, the goal was to prepare for the worst.
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Key Hearings/Meetings

Climate Committee to meet Thursday to discuss I-732

The AWB Board is anticipated to formalize a position on Initiative 732, the carbon tax ballot measure, at Spring Meeting this week. The AWB Climate Committee will meet on Thursday at 9 a.m. to review the board's decision and discuss the next step for AWB and members. Contact Connie Grande for call-in information or Brandon Houskeeper for more about climate issues.

Other News

Action Alert: U.S. Chamber encourages employers to contact members of Congress about overtime rule

A new federal overtime rule will double the salary threshold for overtime, dramatically affecting employers and the opportunity for employees to be hired and advanced. The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act would keep the new federal overtime rule from taking effect and require the U.S. Department of Labor to perform a better analysis on impacts to employers. Read more »

ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston announces major expansion in Richland

A big expansion of ConAgra Lamb Weston's french fry plant in Richland will add 128 jobs to the Tri-Cities area. The company is investing $200 million to add this second line to its manufacturing campus.
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New report: 287 aerospace employers in Washington benefit from tax incentives

Washington's 2003 and 2013 aerospace tax incentives have helped hundreds of aerospace manufacturing firms, according to newly released information. Almost 300 employers received $517 million in aerospace tax relief. Read more »

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

The professional networking site LinkedIn will become part of Microsoft, the companies announced today. LinkedIn will remain its own distinct brand, and Microsoft anticipates that adding LinkedIn will make its own software and services stronger. Read more »

Lovick appointed to fill Dunshee's legislative seat

John Lovick, who served in the state Legislature from 1999 to 2007, is back in the House of Representatives after the Snohomish County Council last week voted to have him fill the seat left vacant by retired Democratic Rep. Hans Dunshee. Read more »

Four AWB-member CEOs make list of top bosses

Five of the nation's most-liked CEOs are in Seattle, according to a new study, and four of the companies they lead are AWB members.
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AWB again a finalist for ACCE chamber of the year award

For the third year in a row, AWB has been named one of the top chambers of commerce in the nation. AWB is a finalist in this year's Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive's competition for Chamber of the Year honors. Read more »

Department of Revenue warns about scam and threatening collection calls

Scammers are using spoof Caller ID to make threatening collection calls that appear to come from the state Department of Revenue.
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Join us at one of AWB's six Regional Meetings Aug. 16-19

The annual AWB Regional Meeting have been scheduled around the state Aug. 16-29. This is a chance to hear from the Government Affairs Team and ask questions, share ideas and participate in candidate interviews.
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AWB Events & Resources

This week in Spokane: 'Fundamentals of Succession and Estate Planning for Business Owners' in Spokane; July 7 in 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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CompWise Safety & Workers' Compensation Seminar: Hiring Practices & Safety Performance

Between the cost and damage of lost-time incidents and workers' compensation claims, it's crucial for employers to be up-to-date on ways to prevent injuries and respond effectively when they happen. AWB is proud to bring together state and national experts on June 29 in SeaTac for a hiring practices and safety seminar. Register here. Read more »

Deadline to nominate your company for an AWB award is June 30

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. The deadline for applications is June 30.
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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 »

Join AWB for the 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 »

AWB Institute

AWBI's Leadership Washington program accepting applications for next class through June 30

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

Ex-Im for Jobs



They Said It

Our Vital Aerospace Economy


"The investment that aerospace companies put into this state is far greater than the tax incentives they receive." ~ Kelly Maloney, chief executive of the Aerospace Futures Alliance.




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Growing by Selling Oversees

International trade agreements support Puget Sound-area small businesses

By Jeff Hohman, president of Northwest Door LLC in Puyallup

Since Northwest Door started exporting beyond North America, we've added 50 jobs at home. These jobs all pay above minimum wage and have excellent benefits. Doing more business overseas would help us add even more jobs and increase wages for our local employees and providers. This isn't just true for our company, the U.S. International Trade Commission recently found this to be true for many small businesses.

As we have identified more growth opportunity in the Asia Pacific, we are particularly glad that the United States has negotiated a trade agreement with 11 other countries in the region, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

We know the value of our American made products, but we can barely compete with companies in China, because they have lower tariffs. Tariffs increase the cost of our doors by 5 and 25 percent, so when customers can buy garage doors from Chinese companies at far lower prices, it's hard for us to compete.

Fortunately, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would reduce tariffs and lower other barriers to international trade in the Asia Pacific...

Click here to read the full column in The Wall Street Journal
The Dynamism Is Gone

What's Killing Jobs and Stalling the Economy

By Marie-Josee Kravis of the Hudson Institute

A toxic regulatory brew, from Dodd-Frank to state licensing laws, has poisoned the formation of new firms that drive growth.

Washington and state governments need to wake up and remove obstacles to investment, new business formation and labor mobility. Encouraging investment in human capital and productive infrastructure is essential, and so is moving to financial and interest-rate conditions that promote investment and growth. That might give American investors and workers the bounce they deserve. What we've been doing so far hasn't worked. Time for something new?
Click here to read the full column in The Wall Street Journal
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