December 5, 2016
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McMorris Rodgers reportedly being considered for cabinet position

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers met with President-Elect Donald Trump on Nov. 20 at his New Jersey golf club and is listed as one of 13 vice chairs of Trump's transition team. The Spokesman-Review reports that McMorris Rodgers is one of several people the president-elect is considering for the position of secretary of the interior.

McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican, just won reelection to her sixth term in Congress. She is the highest-ranking woman in the House Republican majority.

She is getting a "hard look" at the job of managing the nation's public lands, according to the Spokesman-Review. If selected as secretary of the interior, she would need to step down from her seat in Congress. The seat, which represents the eastern third of Washington, including Spokane, would stay vacant until a special election next November.

In other recent news, Trump tapped public charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of education.



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Sustainability in Action

A green milestone for Microsoft: 500-acre Redmond campus generates (almost) zero waste

By Nat Levy, GeekWire

The 44,000 employees at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters campus went through a whopping 189 million pounds of food and packaging between July and December 2015. Even more impressive than employees' appetites is the fact that the company managed to keep 99.5 percent of food and dining waste out of landfills.

Microsoft said Monday its headquarters has earned the gold level of Zero Waste Certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council for keeping 90 percent of food, office, and construction waste out of landfills. Microsoft says it is the first tech company in the country to obtain such an achievement.
Read the full story in GeekWire
Build on Success

Washington lawmakers should hold off tinkering with Boeing tax break

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Benefits of the state investment can be seen in Everett, where Boeing has now spent more than $1 billion on its facility for building advanced, composite wings for the 777X.

This work involves a constellation of suppliers. It also expands the cluster of companies and expertise working with advanced composites in Washington.

That cluster, the jobs it supports and the future opportunities it creates should continue, regardless of what happens with the WTO.
Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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