November 17, 2014
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Inslee's office unveils possible toxics regulation bill

AWB is studying the measure, which would cede some legislative authority to the Department of Ecology and could have far-reaching impacts for manufacturers and industries.

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Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden makes list of top 50 business leaders in Fortune magazine

AWB member Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden, who spoke at AWB's Policy Summit in September, was named as a top business leader in Fortune magazine along with three other Washington-based companies.

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Washington celebrates its 125th birthday

The public and state officials gathered at the state Capitol Nov. 11 to celebrate Washington state turning 125-years-old.
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Airlines and Port of Seattle at odds over unilateral wage increases

In response to the airlines' lawsuit, The Seattle Times reports the Port of Seattle says it has the authority under Washington law to unilaterally increase the minimum wage for some workers at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport. Read more »

Three AWB members receive Corporations for Communities Award from secretary of state

The Barkley Company, The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse and The McGregor Company were honored last week for giving back to their communities.

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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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