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Secretary of State candidates join gubernatorial debate Aug. 17 in Spokane

Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski will join AWB's Aug. 17 debate in Spokane, sponsored by Avista. Their debate will open an afternoon that will conclude with the gubernatorial debate between Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant. A few tickets are still available, and the Davenport Grand Hotel has opened up a room block at special AWB discounted rate. Read more »

Small business outreach tour ends 15-city road trip on the Olympic Peninsula

AWB's small business outreach tour covered nearly a thousand miles and concluded last week with stops in Aberdeen and Port Angeles. Feedback collected from the visits will be used to help guide AWB's 2017 small business legislative agenda.
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Widened Panama Canal opens for shipping traffic, predicted to create challenges for Northwest ports

Last week, the $5.4 billion expanded Panama Canal offcially began operations. Opened in 1914, the new and larger shipping facility opens up the prospect of more intense competition for business with Washington's ports.
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Industry Showcase tours visit Spokane, Seattle

The AWB Institute's "Industry Showcase" tour series recently visted Spokane and the Georgetown industrial area of south Seattle. Among the stops: Spokane Falls Community College, Avista, Shriners Hospital, South Seattle College, Jorgensen Forge, Seattle Espresso Machine Corp, Nucor Steel, Seattle Cider and Two Beers Brewery. Read more »

Watch your mailbox for summer edition of Washington Business magazine

Looking at the perceptions and policies hampering Washington's manufacturing industry sector as well as celebrating the new 520 Bridge and a one-on-one interview with exiting Lieutenant Gov. Brad Owen, the latest Washington Business magazine will be in hand soon. Read more »

Other News

U.S. Chamber, NAM defend TPP trade proposal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce tweeted real-time rebuttals to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last week as Trump delivered a trade policy speech criticizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons also took to Twitter in defense of TPP, calling on Trump to "Make America Trade Again." Read more »

Supreme Court decision means pharmacies must fill prescriptions, despite religious objections

The U.S. Supreme Court last week chose not to take a case challenging Washington's 2007 court ruling requiring pharmacists to fill prescriptions -- for birth control pills and emergency contraceptives, for instance -- even if it goes against their moral or religious beliefs to do so.
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The future of manufacturing: New grant will prep more than 600 workers as robotics engineers

Today's modern manufacturing facilities are highly automated, but the educational system isn't keeping up with the need for the specially trained workers who can keep these high-tech machines up and running. Now a $3.9 million federal grant will help train 608 students in Everett to help fill these jobs of the future.
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Community colleges plan to ask Legislature for millions more in 2017

Come January, the state's community colleges say they will ask the state to boost their funding by $141 million. The extra funds would be used to keep students in school and on a path to a degree or certificate.
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Appeals court rules Washington must fix salmon-blocking culverts

Federal tribal treaty rights were violated due to Washington state's delay in fixing culverts that are blocking salmon migration, according to a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week. The state had argued that the estimated $2.4 billion it would take to make the repairs was too steep. Read more »

Craft3 awarded $4 million for clean energy resources

AWB member Craft3 will receive funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce's Clean Energy Fund. The money will help increase energy efficiency. An earlier round of similar grant funding has already saved the equivalent of the energy used by 4,200 residential customers -- about $40 million of future energy cost savings.
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FEMA releases new app to help prepare for disasters and give information after they hit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging employers to download and use its smartphone app. The free app, available for Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices, is designed to help businesses, employees and families before, during and after disasters with information on how to prepare -- and recover. Read more »

AWB Institute

Opportunity Extended! Leadership Washington application deadline is July 31

There is still time to join the state's premier leadership development program -- Leadership Washington. The deadline to apply to be part of the Leadership Washington class of 2017 has been extended to July 31. Watch the latest graduates talk about the program, download an application and click here to learn more about this growing program. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

July 7 Seminar: Fundamentals of Succession and Estate Planning for Business Owners

It's not too late to book your spot at this Thursday's succession and estate planning seminar taking place at the AWB offices in Olympia. Integrity Financial Corporation's Kristofer Gray, CFP, and Paul Hajek will explain many of the common challenges affecting business owners on the subject of succession and estate planning.
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Employment Law Webinar July 13: Non-competes, confidentiality agreements, non-solicitations and intellectual property protection

There's still time to register for AWB's July 13 employment law webinar, the fifth in a series of six events to help employers understand key issues imacting their business and employees, and to build a solid handbook. Continuing education credits are available for these webinars.
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Employment Law Webinar Aug. 10: Accident Investigation Plan and Series Wrap-up

All employers in Washington state are required to create a written Accident Prevention Plan or Program (APP). AWB Government Affairs Director Bob Battles will outline the requirements for compliance with the Department of Labor & Industries at the Aug. 10 employment law webinar. Continuing education credits are available for these webinars. Register today.
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Join us at one of AWB's six Regional Meetings Aug. 16-19

The annual AWB Regional Meetings 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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Dennis Miller to keynote Policy Summit with a comedic take on the election; Suncadia Lodge rooms nearly sold out

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 »

Tweet of the Week

U.S. Thrives on Trade

They Said It

Flexibility to Employ

"Every restaurant has a rhythm and you find people who work with that." ~ Chad Mackay, president and COO of El Gaucho, discussing the importance of flexibility in restaurant shift scheduling. A simple shift in the weather can completely change a restaurant's staffing needs. City regulation through predictive scheduling ordinances would hurt both workers and employers, he said.

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Seize Chance for Job Creation

It's time for a 'yes' vote on Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact

By Jay Timmons, National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO

In this election season, most Americans share a common frustration -- even anger -- that our leaders in Washington, D.C., aren't doing enough to help American workers win in the global economy. We should be the best place in the world to create jobs, innovate new technologies and manufacture new products, and other countries are working overtime to steal our place as a global economic leader.

We need to seize every chance we get to secure jobs for manufacturing workers and to help manufacturers in the United States sell their products to foreign customers before other countries do.

And we can take a big step toward achieving these goals through the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, also known as the TPP.
Click here to read the full column in McClatchy DC
Original Environmentalists

Farmers work hard to care for the environment

By Gerald Baron, executive director of Save Family Farming

The state Department of Agriculture conducted nearly 3,000 inspections of dairy farms from 2007 to 2015. The department found 85 percent of the farms inspected had zero discharges and fewer than 3 percent of farms had more than one. Water quality testing shows significant improvement.

Laws, regulations and enforcement apply to other farmers as well. The state Department of Ecology recently fined a berry farmer in Sumas $20,000 for allowing manure runoff.

And it's flatly illegal for any farm to allow pesticides into waterways. To say that much of agriculture is unregulated, as Cladoosby and Rodgers contend, is, to be charitable, misleading.
Click here to read the full column in The Seattle Times
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