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May 8, 2019

State lawmakers reflect on progress, cost of 2019 session

SPOKANE -- There’s a lot to like in Washington’s new state budget, which tops a record $52 billion over the next two years: New investments in...
By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
May 8, 2019

Plan ahead for downturns and even tighter labor market, economist says

SPOKANE -- -Washington employers will face many challenges in the coming years, including the risk of recession and major changes to the country’...
By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
May 2, 2019

Record turnout for AWB’s Spring Meeting, with room for more

AWB’s Spring Meeting kicks off Wednesday and is shaping up to be one of the best yet. This year’s event at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane...
By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
April 25, 2019

Six ideas for reforming Washington state's spending structure

State spending is on auto-pilot and gaining altitude fast. The state budget has grown at 44 percent, adjusted for inflation, since the Great Recess...
By: Clay Hill   Comments: 0
April 17, 2019

Survey finds little support for raising taxes

Two-thirds of respondents in a new public opinion survey do not support proposals to raise taxes on Washington citizens, with more than half saying...
By: Jason Hagey   Comments: 0
April 2, 2019

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to give keynote address at Spring Meeting

Nikki Haley, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the keynote address at AWB’s annual Spring Meeti...
By: Stephanie Hemphill   Comments: 0
April 1, 2019

Newspaper ads in Spokane, Port Angeles, Longview and Vancouver tell lawmakers: $5.6 billion in rising tax revenue is enough

AWB and local chambers of commerce joined forces again this weekend to publish a series of newspaper ads questioning the need for new and higher ta...
By: Brian Mittge   Comments: 0
April 1, 2019

Capital gains tax proposal is a reckless approach to state budgeting

Building a state budget that relies on implementing a 9.9 percent capital gains is a reckless approach to state budgeting....
By: Jason Hagey   Comments: 0
March 28, 2019

Fitzgibbon shares passion, motivation to address climate change

The top legislative priority for state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, is to reduce Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions, he told business leader...
By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
March 27, 2019

'Careers in Manufacturing Month' campaign recognized with PRSA Totem Award

Manufacturing offers good-paying career pathways for job-seekers across the state....
By: Bobbi Cussins   Comments: 0