Press Release

Friday, July 7

AWB Statement on Governor’s Veto of Manufacturing Support

OLYMPIA — Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement on Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to veto legislation reducing the business and occupation tax rate on manufacturers:

“The governor’s decision to veto part of a bill that was agreed upon in good faith by a bipartisan group of legislators, and passed with a bipartisan super-majority in both chambers, is a missed opportunity to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers in rural parts of the state that are still struggling, such as marine manufacturing in communities like Colville, Clarkston and Port Townsend.

“We should be doing everything we can to support manufacturers. Manufacturing supports high-paying careers and produces a ripple effect throughout the economy. For every worker in manufacturing, there are another three employees hired elsewhere, and yet the industry has lost more than 50,000 jobs since 2000. Washington is a high-cost state for employers with businesses paying 58 percent of all state and local taxes. Reducing the B&O tax burden for manufacturers would have provided a welcome stimulus and helped these job creators invest in their employees and communities.

“We hope the lawmakers who passed this legislation by wide margins in the House and Senate will now act to override the governor’s veto and give Washington’s rural manufacturers the support they need to bring economic prosperity to all parts of the state.”

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