July 25, 2016
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New presidents of UW and WSU to speak at Policy Summit

Washington state's two flagship universities both have new presidents, and these leaders will meet for a panel discussion of higher education at the 2016 AWB Policy Summit. Register now to join UW President Ana Mari Cauce and WSU president Kirk Schulz -- as well as dozens of other business, education and political leaders -- Sept. 13-15 at Suncadia Resort. Read more »

State school superintendent sues districts over levy funding of teacher salaries

Outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn filed a lawsuit against seven big school districts last week. Dorn, aiming to turn up the heat on legislators as the 2018 McCleary deadline approaches, said the schools are breaking the law by paying teacher salaries out of maintenance and operations levies. Read more »

Concerns grow with clean air/carbon rule and carbon tax initiative

The Seattle Times reported concerns about 'way too many problems' with the Department of Ecology's carbon-limiting clean air rule. Meanwhile, AWB is part of a group opposing Initiative 732, which would put a tax on carbon that adds to the cost of electricity, natural gas and fuel for all Washington employers, drivers and residents. Read more »

Minimum wage / paid sick leave initiative qualifies for the ballot

Initiative 1433, which would increase the state's minimum wage to $13.50 per hour and mandate paid sick leave, was certified last week for the November ballot. I-1433 has enough valid signatures, the Secretary of State's Office said. AWB opposes the measure, which would put up new barriers for people entering the workforce while making Washington a less competitive place to do business. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council to meet Thursday in Seattle

The next meeting of the AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council will be this Thursday, July 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Seattle. Read more »

Ross Hunter, director of Department of Early Learning, to speak at AWB Education & Workforce Training Committee Aug. 1

Former Rep. Ross Hunter, who now leads the state's Department of Early Learning, will speak at AWB's Education & Workforce Training Committee meeting at 1 p.m. Aug. 1 at AWB in Olympia. Before Hunter's address, the committee will also discuss 2017 legislative objectives. Contact Amy Anderson, government affairs director for education issues, to learn more about the meeting, or Connie Grande for call-in options.

AWB Health Care Committee will meet Aug. 2

The AWB Health Care Committee will meet Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. at AWB's Olympia office. The group will discuss legislative objectives, active rulemaking, and current health care topics. Contact Sheri Nelson, government affairs director for health care issues, to learn more about the meeting, or Connie Grande for call-in options.

Meeting of AWB Transportation Committee set for Sept. 8.

The AWB Transportation Committee will meet at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 at AWB to hear from WSDOT and Office of Financial Management officials on issues those agencies will pursue during the 2017 session. The committee will also finalize AWB's transportation legislative objectives. Contact Mike Ennis, government affairs director for transportation, to learn more about the meeting, or Connie Grande for call-in options.

Other News

Primary election: A closer look at a crowded ballot

There are a lot of candidates on primary ballots, which must be postmarked or returned to county election offices by Aug. 2. Crosscut and KPLU offer guides to the primary ballot, and The Seattle Times takes a deep look at a three-person Supreme Court races that really only has two qualified candidates. Read more »

Boeing, JBLM are again state's largest employers

Aerospace and the military continue to be the top employers in Washington, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal's annual list.
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Employment report: Washington lost 500 jobs in June

Washington had 500 fewer seasonally adjusted jobs last month, according to the Department of Employment Security. The state's official unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent. Read more »

Microsoft teams with Boeing for cloud computing

The Boeing Co. is working with Microsoft to create a cloud-based platform for real-time analytic tools for Boeing services offered to airlines.
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Central Washington University marking 40th anniversary of Washington Business Week

This week marks 40 years since Central Washington University began hosting Washington Business Week. As students from across the state gather at CWU today, they'll be part of a tradition that continues to help foster entrepreneurship in the next generation. Read more »

AWB Institute

Deadline approaching: Leadership Washington applications due this week

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 »

Tell your manufacturing story during nationwide Manufacturing Day Oct. 7

The AWB Institute is working with the National Association of Manufacturers to encourage Washington manufacturers to open their doors to the public on Oct 7 -- Manufacturing Day. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

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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Reserve tickets now for gubernatorial, secretary of state debate Aug. 17 in Spokane

Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski will join AWB and Greater Spokane Incorporated for the Aug. 17 debate in Spokane, sponsored by Avista. Their debate will open an afternoon that also features a debate between Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot today. Read more »

Forklift Safety: Train the Trainer seminar to be held Sept. 1 at AWB

Without realizing it, many companies fail to fully comply with the increasingly stringent safety laws for forklifts and other power industrial trucks. Are you in compliance or are you breaking the law? Proper forklift safety training will make your company a safer place to work and keep you in compliance with the law. AWB's forklift safety seminar Sept. 1 will help your company be in compliance and a safer place to work. Register today! Read more »

Two-day OSHA 10 Training seminar takes place Sept. 27-28

Employers need to know how federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, and state rules complement and differ from each other. The two-day seminar Sept. 27-28 will give business owners and managers the information and tools they need to communicate hazards better with employees, prevent accidents, how to comply with new global harmonization system rules for chemicals in the workplace, and more. Registration for the course is now open. 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

Treating Experienced Workers Fairly

They Said It

Trade Is Good for Washington and the USA

"With the Trans-Pacific Partnership's environmental and labor protections, you have the opportunity to lift the world up." ~ U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, speaking to the Washington Council on International Trade about the benefits of the TPP. Read more on AWB's blog about why the TPP is a win for Washington and the United States.

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Confidence Shaken

The Costs and Consequences of the 2014-15 Port Slowdown

By Richard Davis, Washington Business Magazine

Market disruption, damaged client relations, and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales: That's just the beginning.

The 2014-15 West Coast port slowdown cost Washington businesses $769.5 million. That "near term impact" does not capture the future costs of damaged client relations, loss of business, and an international loss of confidence in the reliability of the West Coast ports. Business and trade leaders are working to guarantee such a disruption is not repeated...
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