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February 14, 2018
Washington Manufacturing: A love story
Washington's manufacturing love affair goes back to shortly after Washington officially became a state. The manufacturing base's roots began with t...
February 1, 2018
Governor's top policy advisers discuss carbon tax, rural economy at Lobby Lunch (w/video)
Despite the short, 60-day legislative session, the governor has some lofty policy goals.Three of his top staff, Charles Knutson, senior policy advi...
January 23, 2018
Manufacturing B&O tax relief back on the table
Manufacturing is the backbone of Washington state's economy. But, it could use some support. A pair of lawmakers have introduc...
December 6, 2017
AWB's D.C. Fly-in brings Washington employers' perspective to Congress
Three years ago, AWB expanded its role in federal affairs by traveling to Washington, D.C., to share the voice of employers with the state’s 12 m...
November 1, 2017
Legislative leaders hint that manufacturing tax relief could be reinstated
Bipartisan, bicameral agreement was reached on reinstating tax relief for the state's vital manufacturing sector at AWB's Rural Jobs Summit held Oc...
October 27, 2017
Rural Washington gets its day
Two hundred and fifty people, nearly two dozen lawmakers from both parties and 13 panels made up the full day AWB's statewide Rural Jobs Summit Oct...
October 26, 2017
Taxes to water, lawmakers share 2017 legislative hits and misses for rural Washington
"Rural and urban" is not the same as "east and west" in Washington state.That fact was illustrated by the bipartisan group of lawmakers -- from bot...
October 24, 2017
On water, panelists say a permanent, balanced solution to Hirst can be reached
Water, and the laws that govern it, is a complicated matter. It got more complicated last year with the state Supreme Court's Hirst water righ...
October 16, 2017
Alex McGregor to give keynote address at Rural Jobs Summit Oct. 23-24
We started the discussion on rural job creation - and barriers to it - last March. Next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23-24, we'll continue the dialogue...
September 20, 2017
Economist: Growth not as high as expected, housing costs are hindrance to job growth
National economic growth will be roughly 2 percent over the next year, not the 4-5 percent the federal administration thinks will happen. And, Wash...
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