November 30, 2015
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Mobile version of Redbook now available



Competitiveness matters. Washington policy makers need the latest comprehensive information about where this state ranks on such measures as innovation, income, higher education, tax rates, energy costs and other key metrics. Using state and national data from government and academic sources, the 2016 Competitiveness Redbook is a guide to where this state falls in 58 important measurements.

In addition to a print edition, the complete Redbook is now also available in a mobile version, perfect for smartphones, tablets and other on-the-go devices.

Contact J-Anne Nepomuceno to learn more, or visit www.awb.org/redbookinfo.



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Washington Is Already a Climate Leader

Low-Cost, Low-Carbon: The Northwest's 20-Year Energy Plan

By the Washington Climate Collaborative

The Northwest remains an attractive location for job creation due to its low-cost and low-carbon electricity -- companies want to locate here and workers want to work here. On the eve of Governor Inslee's trip to Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, it's an opportunity for him to tout his own state's carbon-reduction leadership.

Rather than spending time focusing on complex, top-down regulatory schemes designed to drive up the cost of energy, leaders should find ways to encourage innovation and collaboration. If they do, Washington can make a great contribution to that discussion.

Click here to read the full blog post from the Washington Climate Collaborative
Bringing Back Charter Schools

New Task for Lawmakers

By the Editorial Board of The Columbian

Washington lawmakers should add another item to their long to-do list for next year -- bring charter schools into compliance with the state constitution.

First of all, charter schools are the will of the voters. Secondly, in approving charter schools, Washington became the 42nd state to allow them. There seems to be little reason the state cannot learn from other parts of the country and embrace charter systems that work well while eschewing those that do not.

Lawmakers should be beholden to what is best for students -- and that means a well-managed charter school system.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Columbian
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