Rep. Brad Klippert has received the Cornerstone Award from the Association of Washington Business (AWB) for his support of business-friendly legislation and opposition to legislation that would negatively impact the state’s business climate and competitiveness.
“Part of my focus in Olympia is to bring more competitiveness, economic growth and private-sector job opportunities to our state. This falls in line with what AWB is trying to accomplish, so I am honored to be recognized for my support of business,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “Last year we made some positive reforms with unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, but a lot of work can still be done. Jobs and the economy received very little attention in the 2012 regular session. That must change not only for our economy, the unemployed and the betterment of our communities, but it will also help with our budget situation.”
“Last year was an important legislative year for Washington’s economy,” said Gary Chandler, AWB vice president of government affairs. “We appreciate Rep. Klippert’s leadership on these issues and his commitment to creating the right conditions for employers and free enterprise to succeed in Washington state.”
Formed in 1904, the AWB is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association. It includes more than 7,800 members representing 650,000 employees. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10.
PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Brad Klippert, (R-Kennewick) receives the Association of Washington Business (AWB) Cornerstone Award from AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Gary Chandler. (Photo courtesy of Dan Brunell/AWB)
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