October 30, 2017
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Lew Moore stepping down as president and CEO of Washington Research Council

The president and CEO of the Washington Research Council, Lew Moore, has announced that he will be stepping down as leader of the government policy research and analysis organization. His last day will be sometime after the first of the year. Moore said he wants to pursue business and policy interests in Utah, where he owns a home.

“It has been a great privilege to work with the members and staff of the Washington Research Council in producing important studies on the critical policy issues faced by Washingtonians,” Moore said.

Scott Edwards, chair of the Council’s board of directors, said he appreciated Moore for helping the WRC make a smooth transition to its next leadership in the coming year.

“We thank Lew for his leadership and for ensuring that the Research Council’s mission of providing quality research for policymakers, regulators, media and many regional private and public organizations was always his first priority.”

The Washington Research Council has provided nonpartisan and nonideological research and analysis of issues affecting governance and economic growth in Washington state for over 85 years, producing detailed, fact-based reports, based on authoritative sources, that are frequently used by legislators and cited in the media.

AWB President Kris Johnson alluded to that long history of solid analysis, saying, "we’re grateful for Lew’s leadership during a time when issues requiring credible, fact-based analysis-- such as school funding and tax policy -- have been front and center."

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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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