October 30, 2017
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AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council to meet Nov. 6

The AWB Tax & Fiscal Policy Council will meet at Peterson Sullivan, 601 Union Street, Seattle, Suite 2300, on Monday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Eric Lohnes for information about the meeting or for remote participation via Skype.

AWB Paid Family Leave Committee to meet Nov. 7

The AWB Paid Family Leave Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to discuss rulemaking, the advisory committee, and other issues. The time and location of the meeting are being finalized. Contact Bob Battles to learn more.

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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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