Statewide business group honors Rep. Mark Hargrove with Cornerstone Award for work in Legislature
Rep. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington, was given the Cornerstone Award by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) for his support of business-friendly legislation throughout the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions. AWB gives the award to legislators who vote for business-friendly legislation and vote against legislation that would further erode the state’s competitiveness. In 2011, 53 legislators received Cornerstone awards from AWB; 12 Senators and 41 Representatives. The group is comprised of statewide employers, including Boeing.
“It was an honor to be recognized for doing what we all know is the right thing in this economy – fostering a business climate that allows for job creation,” Hargrove said. “There are so many people unemployed and underemployed that I know a big part of my job is working to get people back to work.”
“Last year was an important legislative year for Washington’s economy,” said Gary Chandler, AWB vice president of government affairs. “We appreciate Representative Hargrove’s leadership on these issues and his commitment to creating the right conditions for employers and free enterprise to succeed in Washington state.”
Hargrove added that getting Washingtonians back to work would help the current budget gap.
“When people have a job, they are paying taxes, buying items for their families and homes, all of which generates tax collections that can be spent on education, public safety and caring for the most vulnerable,” Hargrove said. “I appreciate all that AWB does to help educate lawmakers on policies important to our state’s employers.”
###Washington State House Republican Communications