October 30, 2017
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AWB Holiday Kids' Tree lighting ceremony is Dec. 1

There’s still time to donate to AWB’s annual Holiday Kids’ Tree Project. Started in 1989, the project has raised more than $390,000 to distribute to rural fire departments to help their local families have a bright holiday season.

The cash and gifts will be handed out at the Holiday Kids’ Tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia. Gift presentations take place at 5:30 p.m. in the State Reception Room and the tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. The tree’s theme is “Friends of the Forest” and will feature stuffed ornaments representing animals native to Washington state. All the ornaments are wrapped and sent to children's hospitals after the tree comes down at the end of December.

For more information on the Holiday Kids’ Project or to donate to it, contact Bonnie Millikan at 360.943.1600.

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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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