January 8, 2018
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Spring Meeting dates set for May 15-16

Mark your calendars for May 15 and 16, when AWB's Spring Meeting will be held in a new location -- the Davenport Grand in downtown Spokane. AWB's discounted room block is now open for reservations, so don't miss the opportunity to reserve a space in this luxurious new hotel adjacent to Riverside Park and Spokane Falls.

Learn more and reserve your space here.

Watch a video of highlights from last year's Spring Meeting below:

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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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