November 17, 2014
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Washington celebrates its 125th birthday

Washington turned 125-years-old this month. The Legislative Services photography department created a great slideshow of state history, including some interesting looks back at the Seattle skyline, which is rapidly changing. And did you know AWB turned 110 this year? We're proud to be the state's oldest and largest business association. For more on our history, be sure to watch the video from our 2004 centennial.



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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

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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VIDEO: Washington's manufacturers were on display at the 2014 AWB Manufacturing Summit
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