November 17, 2014
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Mark your calendar for the Dec. 5 lighting of the Holiday Kids' Tree



AWB is preparing for the 26th annual Holiday Kids' Tree Project, which kicks off the December holiday season Dec. 5.

Fundraising is already underway for this festive tradition, which brings light and joy to the Capitol while raising money and collecting toys to help needy, deserving families and rural communities in all corners of the state.

The 2014 Holiday Kids' Tree lighting ceremony will take place Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda.

Catch the spirit with this highlight video from year’s past and learn more about the program, including how to donate, by visiting AWB’s website.

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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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