December 21, 2015

Governor, climate panel to kick off AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb

By: Stephanie Hemphill   Comments: 0

Gov. Jay Inslee will open the annual AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb on Jan. 19 with a breakfast keynote and Q&A at 7:30 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., the panel topic will be climate change and the environment. With all the debate around state Department of Ecology's upcoming carbon cap regulation and two dueling carbon tax initiatives possibly before voters in 2016, now is the time to learn how these policies will impact job creation and retention, affect local school district budgets and increase energy prices for all Washingtonians. It's also a good time to hear how employers are already leaders in reducing carbon emissions without government regulations and higher taxes.

At 10:30 a.m., a legislative panel will discuss minimum wage and predictive scheduling - two important topics to employers of all sizes. At 11:15 a.m., the panel topic is education funding and what may, or may not, be done to address the state Supreme Court's 2012 landmark McCleary ruling and local levy reform.

The lunchtime keynote will address Washington’s competitiveness and take a look at the two distinct regions and economies in the state.

At 1:30 p.m., agency directors Maia Bellon of the Department of Ecology and Joel Sacks of the Department of Labor & Industries will share what they are working on in 2016, including the carbon cap regulation and the workers' compensation rate increase.

Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs, will wrap up the afternoon’s discussions at 2:15 p.m. – and then the Hill Climb begins. The Hill Climb is attendees' opportunity to meet directly with their local lawmakers and share their thoughts on issues impacting their business and community.

Registration is now open for the 2016 AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb on Jan. 19. Be sure the check the box "Hill Climb" on the registration form to ensure AWB staff can arrange for meetings with lawmakers and find meeting space prior to the event.

Be sure to also mark your calendar for the annual AWB Spring Meeting June 14-16. It will once again feature the gubernatorial debate, a staple of the four-year election cycle. And, the 2016 AWB Policy Summit will be held Sept. 13-15 at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

These events were either sold out or near capacity this year, so reserve your spot early. For event information and to learn when registration will open for Spring Meeting and Policy Summit, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.