October 30, 2017
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AWB members top PSBJ's annual list of top corporate philanthropists

Washington state is fortunate to be home to employers that make giving a top priority. The Puget Sound Business Journal's 2017 Giving Guide ranks the state's large companies by cash giving. The top donors in Washington in 2016 are Microsoft ($63.5 million), The Boeing Co. ($26.9 million), Costco ($7.7 million), JPMorgan Chase ($4.9 million) and Paccar ($4.8 million).

Overall, the top 25 companies collectively gave $195.5 million in cash donations, in-kind gifts, sponsorships and other donations.

Among mid-size companies, more than half are AWB members. The top donor, Banner Corp, based in Walla Walla, gave $1.25 million to groups including Northwest Harvest, Junior Achievement of Washington and the Yakima Schools Foundation.



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'Hirst Will Shatter the American Dream...'


Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

By former Gov. Dan Evans

It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas.

As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state's capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed.

Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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