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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2021
 
Cap-and-trade bill moves
closer to passage in Olympia

    In a 13-11 party-line vote on March 22, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s keystone “cap-and-invest” bill for capping carbon emissions cleared the Senate Ways and Means Committee and headed to the floor for a possible vote. AGC opposes the measure.
    The action was significant, because it indicates a level of Democratic support that some of Inslee’s past climate initiatives have failed to garner.
    Senate Bill 5126—the Washington Climate Commitment Act—would establish a cap-and-invest program that, over time, lowers the level of emissions through the auction of a pool of allowances, the size of which is gradually reduced over time.
    “There are elements of this bill that AGC appreciates but, on balance, we believe it will have a detrimental impact on the economy,” testified AGC chief lobbyist Jerry VanderWood before the Committee. “Among other things, we are concerned that the bill gives the Department of Ecology regulatory powers beyond the carbon-reduction goals of a cap-and-trade program.” Read more...
    Legislative leaders propose budgets with capital-gains tax revenues
      The Democratic caucuses unveiled their state budget plans last week. They call for major increases in spending fueled by a new 7% capital gains income tax – opposed by AGC – and billions in federal Covid-19 relief funds. The Senate budget would spend $59.2 billion while the House budget came in a bit lower at $58 billion. Still, both spend far more than the most recent state budget, which came in at $52.4 billion just two years ago.
      The Senate budget increases spending by 12.4% over the last budget. Including federal relief funds, the 2019–21 spending budget would increase by 33% over the budget approved for 2017–19. The House budget increase is 11.5% over the proposed 2019–21 revision.
      The $59-billion, two-year budget Senate proposal imposes a new capital-gains tax and draws down the Rainy Day Fund. It further spends approximately $7 billion in one-time funds from the American Rescue Plan. The Washington Research Council (WRC) has more details here. Read more…
      AGC urges passage of comprehensive transportation funding
      AGC of Washington is urging the State Legislature to pass a comprehensive transportation funding package this year.
      “A bold infrastructure package will support job creation and recovery; putting folks to work, moving goods more effectively and efficiently, and ensuring mobility for our essential workers,” AGC and nearly 100 other organizations told legislators in a recent letter sent by the Keep Washington Rolling coalition. A full copy of the letter with all the signers – who include business, labor, environmental and local government groups – can be seen here.
      Different proposals have been floated in Olympia. Sen. Steve Hobbs, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, has drafted a $17-billion, 16-year plan. Meanwhile, Rep. Jake Fey, chair of the House Transportation Committee, has drafted a $26-billion, 16-year plan. Neither proposal has been put into legislative language yet as negotiations continue. Read more...
      Mark your calendars!
      We're in the final stages of judging for the 2021 Build Washington Awards, and working our judges pretty hard, with an excellent turnout for entries this year. Please plan to join us for the virtual awards event on May 20!
      Culture of CARE Spring Forum, April 29
      The 2021 Culture of CARE Spring Forum will delve into the topic of LGBTQ worker inclusion on construction jobsites. Hosting the forum is acclaimed jobsite culture advocate and superintendent at Hensel Phelps, Kabri Lehrman-Schmidt. Our featured program will be presented by Morgan Mentzer, co-founder and attorney at the Lavender Rights Project, a LGBTQI+ legal-services nonprofit, and co-founder of the Reckoning Trade Project, a nonprofit focusing on increasing representation and retention of LGBTQI+ trades workers.
      Morgan will give our Forum audience an overview of the Reckoning Trade Project's training resources for LGTBQI+ inclusion, and give us a primer on best practices for employers to create inclusive practices for gender diversity in the workplace. She'll focus on gender diversity in the trades and explain the differences between sex, gender identity and sexual orientation; pronoun usage, and state/federal discrimination law. Register today...
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