August 8, 2016
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Primary election results: the race is on to November

Hundreds of candidates went before voters last week in Washington's top two primary system. The final races for the November general election are emerging. There are a few surprises and a definite contest over control of the statehouse and governor's mansion. Read more »

Seven farmer and ag groups oppose I-732, the carbon tax initiative

The carbon tax initiative, I-732, would immediately increase the price of gasoline by 25 cents per gallon and natural gas by 15 percent. That energy cost increase helped prompt seven statewide farmer, ag and dairy groups to announce their opposition to I-732 over the past two weeks. Read more »

Teacher's union leads lawsuit against renewed public charter school law

The Washington Education Association, parents and other groups filed a lawsuit last week to close down the state's public charter schools. The coalition opposes the bipartisan law passed this year to adjust the voter-approved initiative creating charter schools in response to a 2015 state Supreme Court ruling.
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Department of Ecology submits stricter water quality rules to Environmental Protection Agency

Washington adopted new water quality rules last week that are as much as 25 times stricter than those in place until now. The rules still must be approved by the U.S. Envionmental Protection Agency, which could reject the plan in favor of even more stringent rules.
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Next week: AWB, GSI hosting gubernatorial and secretary of state debates in Spokane

Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski will join AWB and Greater Spokane Incorporated for an Aug. 17 debate in Spokane, sponsored by Avista. Their debate will open an afternoon that also features the first debate between Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant. Only 50 tickets remain, so reserve your spot today. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

MTCA Committee to meet Wednesday for discussion of solid waste handling standards

The AWB Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Committee will meet this Wednesday at 10 a.m. at AWB to discuss proposed updates to the state's solid waste handling standards. Among areas of concern: Ecology's proposal to regulate fill soil as a solid waste as below MTCA cleanup levels. Contact Brandon Houskeeper for more on the content of the meeting or Connie Grande for call-in options.

12th Legislative District candidate interviews to take place this Thursday, Aug. 11, in Wenatchee

The AWB and local member employers will conduct candidate interviews for the Position 2 House seat and the Senate seat in the 12th Legislative District on Aug. 11, 1-3:30 p.m., at the Confluence Tech Center, Okanogan Room, located at 285 Tech Center Way, Wenatchee. For more information or to participate in the candidate interviews, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Sheri Nelson.

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

Employers urge Seattle to take care and time in drafting 'secure scheduling' rules

The Seattle City Council should take the time to ensure that its "secure scheduling" ordinance is written correctly and doesn't have unintended consequences for employers and workers, the Washington Retail Association said in a recent letter to Mayor Ed Murray. Read more »

Alaska Air announces new daily nonstop service to Indianapolis and Wichita

Travelers will be able to fly directly to Indianapolis and Wichita nonstop with new daily service coming to Seattle next spring. The routes will increase the number of Alaska Airlines' nonstop destinations to 89.
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Washington one of seven states to receive grant to support early learning efforts

The National Governors Association last week announced that Washington is one of seven states to receive grants and support for investment in workforce development for early childhood education professionals.
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B&O and Licensing Task Force to meet Wednesday at Department of Revenue in Olympia

The fourth meeting of the new B&O and Licensing Task Force will be held this Wednesday as the group continues its work to simplify administration of local business taxes and licensing. AWB has two seats on the task force, which will make recommendations to the 2017 Legislature.
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AWB Institute

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

This Week: Accident Investigation Plan and employment law webinar series wrap-up

AWB's employment law webinar series concludes this week with a talk from AWB Government Affairs Director Bob Battles. He will outline the requirements for Accident Prevention Plan or Program compliance with the Department of Labor & Industries. Continuing education credits are available. Register today. Read more »

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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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 »

Author and entrepreneur Dan Schawbel to give lunchtime keynote at Policy Summit

His books have topped the bestseller list and he's been listed along with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as one of the "Most Inspiring Innovators and Entrepreneurs Under 40." Millennial business expert Dan Schawbel will deliver the lunch keynote address at the 2016 AWB Policy Summit. Register now to hear from Schawbel and dozens of other business, education and political leaders Sept. 13-15 at Suncadia Resort. 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 »

Manufacturing Summit to be held Oct. 26

Manufacturing is alive and well in Washington, but it's far different from the manufacturing of yesteryear. To hear the latest from employers and the next generation of manufacturing leaders, join AWB at the 2016 Manufacturing Summit, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 26. 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

Two Republicans for Treasurer



They Said It

Making College Affordable

"We're tickled pink. We've never seen a tuition decrease before. We're very happy with the way it worked." ~ Joan King, WSU's chief financial officer, describing the impact of the higher education tuition reductions that were a Senate Majority Coalition Caucus priority. After insistence from the coalition of Republicans and moderate Democrat Sen. Tim Sheldon, the tuition cuts were included in the final 2015 budget.




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Trans-Pacific Partnership Supports U.S. Jobs


Pacific Rim trade will create jobs in state, U.S.


By The Herald Editorial Board

Among a majority of Americans there's an understanding that free trade is good for the county because the U.S. relies on its place in the global economy. And the Trans-Pacific Partnership would improve the nation's standing in that global economy by reducing tariffs while offering protections for labor, health and the environment worldwide. The other nations, in signing on to the TPP, have had to agree to protections for workers, wildlife conservation, the availability of medicines, the free flow of information on the internet, online commerce and intellectual property...

Washington state offers a convincing example of how the rest of the U.S. can benefit from improved trade agreements by increasing employment that relies on that global exchange.

The state Department of Commerce reports that 1 in 3 jobs in the state are directly or indirectly tied to trade and that exports from the state topped $86.3 billion in 2015.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Herald
Major Benefits Across the State


Boeing's 100th anniversary is a big story made possible by small businesses


By AWB President Kris Johnson


The 100th anniversary of Boeing is more than just a chance to reflect on the company itself. It's also a chance to recognize the hundreds -- yes, hundreds -- of Washington small businesses that contribute to Boeing's success, a vast network of small and medium-size manufacturers located in every corner of the state.

These manufacturers and their employees are the backbone of Boeing's operations and often the backbone of the communities in which they are located, but they are easily overlooked, quietly providing blue collar, family wage jobs without the flash of some other industries.

So as we celebrate Boeing's 100th anniversary, we also pause to celebrate companies like Valley Machine Shop in Kent, American Excelsior Company in Yakima, Royell Manufacturing Inc. in Everett, Tool Gauge & Machine Works in Tacoma, Scanivalve Corporation in Liberty Lake, Hobart Machined Products, in Hobart and Ellensburg, and P&J Machining in Puyallup...

In community after community and small business after business, we see evidence that Boeing's contributions to Washington's economy go far beyond the boundaries of its own workforce.

Click here to read the full column in The Wenatchee World
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