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February 16, 2018
AWB tells House committee, 'It's time to let all manufacturers win'
AWB President Kris Johnson called on lawmakers to lower the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for all Washington manufacturers, not just t...
February 15, 2018
Democratic leaders talk property and carbon taxes, state budgets with AWB (w/video)
Call it the tale of two taxes. Legislators will propose property tax relief for Washington property owners soo...
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 13, 2018
Fishing fleet bill is exactly what's needed for all manufacturers
Lawmakers voted 97-1 last week in favor of a bill aimed at helping Washington’s fishing and seafood processing industries stay competitive, provi...
February 8, 2018
State revenues are strong, but more tax bills are underway, Republican leaders say (w/video)
Washington’s tax collections continue to grow, and yet lawmakers continue to propose new tax bills that would hurt small businesses, Senate Minor...
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 30, 2018
Leading apprenticeship advocate to headline March 21 Workforce Summit
AWB President Kris Johnson shares a laugh with Matt Poischbeg, VP and general manager at Sea-Lect Plastics in Everett, during the A...
January 25, 2018
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 b...
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...
January 19, 2018
Climate policy debated in Olympia
Washington lawmakers offered differing views on climate policy Tuesday during a panel discussion at AWB’s’ Legislative Day. T...
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