Employers bring business voice to Capitol during 2018 Hill Climb
A record number of Washington employers met with state lawmakers Jan. 16 and delivered the message that certainty on regulations and taxes is the best way to have a strong economy in both urban and rural Washington.
One hundred fourteen business owners, entrepreneurs and AWB members met with legislators during the 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb, equipped with specific solutions for Washington’s economy, including:
- Support business and occupation tax relief that would help 10,000 small and medium sized manufacturers
- Keep the four-year balanced budget requirement
- Collaborate with employers on climate policy
- Support rural economic development
- Fix the Hirst water rights ruling
- Boost career and technical education
- Support a competitive, predictable and affordable healthcare system.
The afternoon included 63 meetings between AWB members and lawmakers or their staff.
Washington employers definitely made a positive impact at this year’s Legislative Day and Hill Climb.
"I think we got somewhere, we actually made a difference," said Stephanie Swanberg, government affairs manger for the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce. "I feel like it was really effective and I feel like this Hill Climb was probably the best part of this entire event."
AWB continues to highlight the importance of B & O tax relief legislation as it progresses through the Legislature.
Before meeting with lawmakers, AWB members heard from a number of experts on workforce development, manufacturing, employment law, climate policy and legislative leaders in a series of panel discussions during the 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb.
The event finished with a reception at the Hotel RL Olympia, attended by more than 350 AWB members, lawmakers, state officials and others.
Check out this video of the 2018 AWB Hill Climb: