October 23, 2017
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Boeing makes $5 million commitment to USO after success of pilot project in Washington

The Boeing Company is expanding on a Washington project to support a comprehensive employment readiness program for military service members transitioning out of active duty. The program is through the United Service Organizations (USO) Pathfinder program.

The investment is a large-scale replication of a successful model piloted in Washington state over the past several years with significant Boeing support.

In 2013, Boeing became the largest corporate partner supporting nonprofit RP/6’s launch in Lakewood, and has provided consistent funding since then to support the development and implementation of the organization's workforce transition programs.

In 2016, the organization provided employment services to more than 2,100 service members and veterans in Washington.

"As we transition out of the military after many years of service, we have amassed this amazing talent and skills and experience that are so valuable. However, it can be a challenge to translate those skills into what a business needs to understand so that they're willing to bring us into their team," says Anne Sprute, the founder and CEO of RP/6.

The Boeing website has more.

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Rail Keeps Our Economy Rolling

We must keep trains rolling safely and fairly

By Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom

As a state representative, I've spent quite a bit of time studying and learning about rail safety. It's a subject I take seriously. I live in the Town of Steilacoom, where trains are a way of life.

In fact, the Puget Sound coastline in my district is defined by the rail line. And, it's not just about moving freight. Amtrak will soon transport passengers at a very high speed through Lakewood and DuPont. Rail safety is a big deal for our communities.

In 2014, more than 119 million tons of freight traveled by rail over more than 3,000 miles of rail tracks across the state. This activity supports Washington businesses across a variety of important industries, from lumber to agriculture to oil.

Freight rail is also directly responsible for nearly 4,000 jobs and supports tens of thousands more throughout the state...

Read the full column in The News Tribune
Regulatory Overreach

Ecology's decision harming state's future

By Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen

The Washington Department of Ecology seems determined to oppose any industrial development in Cowlitz County. And the rest of the 19th Legislative District.

About three weeks ago, Ecology issued an opinion denying a water-quality permit sought by Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) to complete its coal export facility. Ecology bureaucrats claimed that the project would cause "significant and unavoidable harm" to nine environmental areas: global air quality, vehicle traffic, vessel traffic, rail capacity, rail safety, noise pollution, social and community resources, cultural resources and tribal access to traditional fishing locations near Bonneville Dam.

A few of these factors -- particularly "global air quality" -- are not described in any relevant federal or state law. Rationalizing the unprecedented opinion, Ecology Director Maia Bellon relied on some broad rhetorical strokes...

The Department of Ecology's focus on "global impacts" is a luxury paid for by limiting the prospects for the working people of Cowlitz County. Director Bellon and the other Department of Ecology bureaucrats need to return their focus from global ambitions to local concerns.

Read the full column in The Daily News
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