January 8, 2018
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AWB creating Telcom Task Force to focus on rural broadband and other telecommunications

During AWB’s Rural Jobs Summits last year, members identified rural broadband as a top priority for the business community. High-speed broadband internet access is important to businesses in all parts of the state, both rural and urban, so AWB is creating a Telecom Task Force to help work on telecom issues.

Anyone interested in serving on AWB’s new Telecom Task Force, or who just wants to monitor telecom issues, should contact AWB Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis.

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Don't Spend Rainy Day Fund

Washington's debt level a cause for concern

By The Editorial Board of The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

... Washington state Treasurer Duane Davidson has urged lawmakers and the governor to keep their hands off the state's rainy-day fund, noting that we are in an economic expansion, which is the time to be saving, not borrowing.

With that, we heartily agree.

Read the full editorial in The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Fiscal Restraint

Our Voice: It's not raining hard enough to dip into state reserves

By The Editorial Board of The Tri-City Herald

The state's rainy-day fund is supposed to grow when times are good so there is money available when times are tough.

A simple enough plan to understand, yet apparently difficult for some lawmakers to follow.

Gov. Jay Inslee's budget includes taking money from the state's emergency reserves to help pay for teacher salaries in the 2018-19 school year, but we think this would be a mistake.

The legislative session begins Monday, and we advise the Legislature to find some other way to meet its obligation to public education without "borrowing" from reserves...

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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