December 22, 2014
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Amy Anderson joins AWB government affairs team

Amy Anderson will join AWB full-time on Jan. 1 as a new member of the government affairs team. She will lead AWB’s advocacy for education and workforce development in the state Legislature and will coordinate AWB’s federal lobbying efforts.

Anderson (formerly Johnson) has more than 10 years of policy analysis and advocacy experience. She has worked as a consultant for the AWB Institute for nearly four years, and will continue working with AWB’s educational arm part-time.

She began her career working with the Washington Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee and the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board as a policy analyst.

Prior to joining the AWB Institute, she spent seven years heading up the policy and workforce development efforts at Greater Spokane Incorporated. She has also served as legislative director for Premera Blue Cross in Oregon and Alaska.

Anderson, who has a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, has also taught graduate health policy and law classes for Washington State University and Kaplan University.



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In Our View: Inslee must respect voters

By The Columbian editorial board

With lawmakers facing a difficult budget-writing session in the new year, Gov. Jay Inslee sounds much different from candidate Jay Inslee.

A little more than two years ago, while running for governor, Inslee said, "I would veto anything that heads the wrong direction, and the wrong direction is new taxes in the state of Washington." But on Thursday, Inslee is expected to unveil a proposed state budget that will include at least $1 billion in new revenue. And in government-speak, "new revenue" means taxes.

Certainly, the needs of state government can change over time. The economic landscape continually evolves, and state revenue forecasts can be fluid. But, given the status of the economy, Inslee's change of heart is all the more curious. For the coming biennium, budget writers are expected to have $3 billion more than in the current biennium, thanks to an improving economy. True, they have been handed a multi-billion-dollar bill to adequately fund K-12 public education -- but that invoice was handed down in early 2012 and comes as no surprise. In other words, little has changed to trigger Inslee's flip-flop. But government's insatiable desire to perpetuate itself through the contributions of taxpayers has remained inviolate. This, despite repeated messages from voters that should be easy to interpret.

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Members of the Keep Washington Competitive (KWC) coalition, including representatives from business, labor, agriculture and trade sectors, expressed concern this week that Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed cap-and-trade scheme will have a negative impact on the Legislature's ability to pass a long-overdue transportation package -- which would include much-needed investment in freight-mobility projects.

While initial reaction to the governor's budget priorities has been mixed, one area that has elicited immediate and widespread concern is the governor's continued advancing of his environmental agenda to the detriment of other state priorities.

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