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AWB statement on governor’s UI, workers’ comp proposals
Written On: Tuseday, January 04, 2011   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— Gov. Gregoire’s proposed changes to the state’s unemployment insurance and workers’ comp systems are welcome news to the business community, according to Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business. AWB is the state’s largest and oldest business association.
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PDC: AWB not involved in Tom mailing
Written On: Monday, September 27, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— The Association of Washington Business and its political action committee, Citizens for Responsible Spending, were mis-identified today in media reports as the source of a negative campaign mailer against Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue.
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AWB announces 2010 candidate, ballot endorsements
Written On: Friday, September 24, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s oldest and largest statewide business association, has approved its slate of legislative and ballot measure endorsements for the 2010 elections. AWB’s board of directors approved the candidate and ballot measure endorsements Thursda...
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Collins Sprague wins AWB’s Gjerde Award
Written On: Monday, September 13, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— Collins Sprague, manager of state government relations for Spokane-based Avista Utilities, has been selected by the Association of Washington Business to receive its 2010 Ron Gjerde award. The award, one of five major honors AWB presents annually, recognizes the year’s top business lobbyist...
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Survey: Initiative 1098 would hurt small business, job growth
Written On: Wednesday, August 25, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA — Employers say new jobs and reinvestment in business are likely to be the first casualties of a new state income tax if voters approve Initiative 1098 this fall. That’s according to a new survey of employers who belong to the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commer...
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AWB Releases 2010 Judicial Scorecard
Written On: Wednesday, July 28, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— Choosing Washington’s Supreme Court justices is among the most important decisions voters will make in the 2010 elections. With many laws passed by the Legislature and through the initiative process ending up before the Supreme Court, voters need to educate themselves on the justices who si...
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Zarelli to receive 2010 Matson Award
Written On: Thursday, July 15, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— State Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, has been selected by the Association of Washington Business to receive its 2010 Jim Matson Award. The award, voted on by AWB members who serve on its Governmental Affairs Council, recognizes a current or former state legislator who consistently supports...
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Two-Thirds Tax Vote, Workers’ Comp Headed for Ballot
Written On: Friday, July 02, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn A. McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business today applauded the efforts of employers and Washington state citizens who helped qualify two key ballot measures for this fall’s ballot.
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AWB endorses Supreme Court candidates
Written On: Friday, June 18, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— The Association of Washington Business is endorsing Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and incumbent justices Richard Sanders and Jim Johnson in their re-election campaigns for the Washington Supreme Court.
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Judge agrees with AWB, orders changes to R-52 ballot title
Written On: Friday, June 11, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy ruled Friday that the ballot title for Referendum 52 should include language informing voters that, if approved, the measure will extend the state’s recently imposed tax on bottled water.

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Employers endorse I-1082/workers’ comp initiative
Written On: Friday, May 21, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— Citing a need for reform of the state’s workers’ compensation system, the Association of Washington Business today endorsed Initiative 1082. The association’s board — and an overwhelming vote of its more than 7,000 predominantly small business members —supported the endorsement.
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AWB announces early candidate endorsements
Written On: Thursday, May 20, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— The Association of Washington Business has granted early political endorsements to a pair of challengers running for the state Legislature, as well as more than three dozen incumbent lawmakers with pro-business voting records.
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2010 AWB legislative voting record now online
Written On: Wednesday, May 19, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA— The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s oldest and largest statewide business organization, has approved its 2010 voting record. It is the association’s annual scorecard showing how lawmakers voted on issues important to employers.
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Employers back measure requiring two-thirds vote on taxes
Written On: Tuseday, May 18, 2010   Written By: Jocelyn McCabe, APR
OLYMPIA—Employer representatives on the Association of Washington Business’ Board of Directors have voted unanimously to support Initiative 1053, a measure requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. Board members approved the vote May 13 during the state chamber of commerce’s ann...
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