November 17, 2014
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Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden makes list of top 50 business leaders in Fortune magazine

The 82-year-old Alaska Airlines is flying high with a reported 27 percent increase in profits. That takes the leadership of people like CEO Brad Tilden, who was ranked in the top 50 CEOs of major corporations in the most recent edition of Fortune magazine. Tilden, who spoke at AWB’s Policy Summit in September, is known for harnessing innovations to create efficiencies in the company and for customers. Fortune reports that he is mulling over the idea of creating an “e-thumb” system at Alaska Airlines that would allow passenger thumb prints to replace tickets, credit cards and identification. Our state is known for business leaders who think outside the box…we can’t wait to see what is next with Tilden at the helm.

The Fortune list also included several additional Washington-based business CEOs, including:

  • Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
  • Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks
  • Jeff Bezos, president, CEO and chairman of Amazon

Congratulations to all of these great business leaders and innovators.

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Long term, transportation funding is school funding

By The News Tribune editorial board

"Children before concrete" is one of the catchphrases of people who've been fighting transportation funding in the Legislature.

It's a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don't steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children and everyone else.

The 2015 Legislature will rightly focus on increasing public school funding, as mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. But this shouldn't mean stiffing the state's infrastructure needs. It's not an either-or dilemma: Further investment in transportation is needed to fully fund public education over the long haul.

Click here for the full column in The News Tribune
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