October 30, 2017
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Rural Jobs Summit brings solutions to the forefront with sold-out event in Moses Lake

AWB's statewide Rural Jobs Summit last week at Big Bend Community College brought together 250 solution-minded people, including the leaders of the House and Senate, to ensure that every corner of Washington can flourish.

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Supreme Court drills down during McCleary oral arguments

"Frustrated" and "skeptical" state Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments last week in the long-running McCleary education funding case. Lawyers for the state argued that by adding billions of dollars in K-12 spending and changing the property tax levy system, they have addressed the Supreme Court's orders to fully fund K-12 basic education.

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Appeal filed over rejection of Millennium Bulk Terminals permit

The Department of Ecology "reinvented the rules and created an unprecedented process to evaluate our project," Millennium Bulk Terminals' CEO said last week as the company filed a lawsuit challenging a permit denial on its export terminal in Longview. Unions, farmers and other supporters of the Millennium project voiced support for the appeal, saying the state's delay-filled permitting system is putting jobs at risk. In related news, a judge ruled in favor of Millennium in the case of a tidelands lease that the court said was improperly denied by the Department of Natural Resources.

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AWB's Evening of Excellence to honor employers at red-carpet awards event Nov. 29

Mark your calendars for the second-annual AWB Evening of Excellence. The black-tie gala at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle highlights achievements of some of the state's top employers. Online registration for the event is now open.

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'Hirst Will Shatter the American Dream...'

Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

By former Gov. Dan Evans

It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas.

As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state's capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed.

Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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