Despite heavy lobbying from liberal groups, Carbon Washington submitted its final batch of signatures last week, bringing its revenue-neutral carbon tax before the 2016 Legislature and likely then on to voters.
It’s go time. The Legislative session begins next Monday. It’s scheduled to be a short one, but last year’s record-setting marathon suggests that the coming weeks are unlikely to be easy. Fortunately, one simple way to get involved is toregister for the AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb,Jan. 19. Read more »
Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off the 2016 budgetary discussion with the release of his draft supplemental budget late last year. He would expand taxes on employers and consumers to pay for spending increases. The Legislature will take up the debate when the Legislative session begins next Monday. Read more »
Unions and billionaire activists are preparing for a statewide initiative that would increase the minimum wage and mandate safe/sick leave for employees. Meanwhile, Seattle’s minimum wage increased again Jan. 1 as part the citywide ordinance to raise the local minimum wage to $15 per hour. Read more »
The latest edition of Washington Business magazine is out! The winter 2016 edition includes a look at Washington’s working waterfronts, highlighting the crucial but neglected pillar of our state’s economy: trade.
The AWB Employment Law Committee meeting is scheduled to meetWednesday at 9:30 a.m. The group will discuss several important issues that have been raised during the interim, including minimum wage and predictive scheduling. For call-in options, contact Connie Grande. For more information on the agenda, contact Government Affairs Director Bob Battles.
The AWB Land Use and Construction Committee meets Thursday at 9 a.m. The group will cover vesting, building codes, hydraulic project approval (HPA), and general issues in the upcoming legislative session. For call-in options, contactConnie Grande. For more information on the agenda, contact Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis.
The AWB Education & Workforce Training Committee will meet this Thursday at10:30 at AWB. Contact Tommy Gill for call-in options or Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson for details on the meeting itself.
The AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council will meet from 1:30-4 p.m. at AWB. Several lawmakers will be there to give presentations and discuss fiscal matters likely to come before the Legislature this year. For more information, contact Government Affairs Director Eric Lohnes. For call-in information, contact Connie Grande.
Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke will step down from his elected position to become the new leader of Greater Spokane Incorporated. Mielke was the top choice from a field of 20 candidates and six finalists to lead GSI. Read more »
Second-term state Treasurer Jim McIntire will not run for a third term in the statewide office. The Democrat said he wants to spend his final year in office focusing on protecting the state’s credit rating and helping reform state education funding. Read more »
AWB supported legislation last year to create a database of health care costs, yet testified with concerns on the financial sustainability of the project based on the limited revenue sources in the law. Now a request for proposals to create the All-Payer Claims Database has come back with no bidders. It’s a setback for a potential resource on health care costs intended to assist employers and employees. Read more »
Are you, or do you know of, a small business owner that’s making a big impact in its community? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award. Winners and finalists will be honored June 14 during America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. Read more »
AWB and Joe Teeples of We’re Into Safey will offer a “train the trainer” forklift safety seminar from 8 a.m.-noon this Thursday. Register now to ensure that your workplace is safe and up-to-date on the latest regulations.
AWB’s new “Webinar Wednesdays” begin next week with a class on how to engage with lawmakers by testifying and navigating the Legislature’s website. Register today for “Become an Insider: Navigating the Legislature Online and in Person.” Read more »
The Hill Climb is back! AWB’s 2016 legislative summit will include a trip to the Capitol and a time to meet with individual lawmakers. That’s in addition to the regular slate of legislative leaders and policy makers, as well as employers and AWB’s policy experts. Reserve your spot today. Read more »
A two-day course Feb. 2-3 will teach about OSHA and state rules (both Washington and Oregon). Joe Teeples of We’re Into Safety will show how to avoid safety hazards, comply with state and federal regulations, and how to communicate risks to employees. Register here. Read more »
“It’s true that lawmakers have more work to do to address education funding, but the last three legislative sessions have shown us that it’s possible to increase K-12 education spending and even reduce the cost of public college tuition without resorting to tax increases.” ~ AWB President Kris Johnson, responding to Gov. Jay Inslee’s draft supplemental budget proposal.