December 11, 2017
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Beware of phone scam targeting businesses, Department of Revenue warns

The Washington Department of Revenue is warning about a phone scam from people falsely claiming to be with the state and asking for money over the phone.

“The scammers fraudulently claim to be from Revenue and request over-the-phone payment to renew expired business licenses,” according to the DOR. “Revenue will never ask for or take payment for license renewals over the phone.”

The Department of Revenue will actually mail businesses a note reminding them to renew licenses about six weeks before they expire, The Chronicle reports.

All license renewals should be made through a businesses' Department of Revenue account.

Businesses that receive one of these fraudulent calls and want to check their license status should visit the My DOR website at http://secure.dor.wa.gov and log in to review their account information.

For more information, call the DOR at 1-800-451-7985.



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Bridging the Skills Gap


Look to community colleges for diverse tech-industry talent

By Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College

Seattle's technology industry has a diversity problem. While tech companies have publicly committed to changing their hiring practices, people of color and women are still being left out of what feels more and more like an exclusive club.

Only one in five STEM workers identify as black or Latino, and less than 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. With equity front and center at the recent Washington STEM Summit, we must do more than talk. We must work together -- and two-year colleges are a natural partner in the effort to achieve this important goal...

It is not hard to see the tremendous potential of teaming up, where colleges such as ours and tech companies work together to create cutting-edge programs that teach the skills they need, in ways that are accessible to diverse students. Working together, we can train more local workers to fill the growing number of great jobs in the technology sector, thousands of which remain unfilled..

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Dams Provide Clean, Green Power


Inslee support for possible dam-breaching 'unfathomable'

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

This issue needs to be decided at the highest level. You can't manage a hydro system this big and this important from the bench. Congress passed the laws that protect endangered species, and it paid for the dams in the first place. It is in the best position to decide whether we take a balanced view, or submit to environmental overkill.

You'd think a governor so concerned with our carbon footprint would be interested in preserving clean power in the Pacific Northwest. There really is no middle ground here, and he ought to know better. What's he saying? Dam breaching is OK if we just take a little from the top?

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