October 19, 2015
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Seattle voters to face complex, untested local candidate contribution Initiative 122

Next month, Seattle voters will be faced with a complex and untested ballot initiative -- Initiative 122. I-122 was put forward by supporters as a way to add transparency to the local election candidate contribution process, but could instead set up a an "ineffective and convoluted system to fund campaigns," according to The Seattle Times editorial board.
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport seeks to attract small, local and minority/women-owned businesses to set up shop

Over the next three years, the Port of Seattle will be leasing over 60 retail and restaurant spaces at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and is employing a number of outreach and educational efforts to better inform business owners of the upcoming opportunities.
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New president announced at UW: Ana Mari Cauce

Interim University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce was elected by the Board of Regents last week to serve as the permanent president of the university where she has worked since 1986. She pledges to continue the university's commercialization efforts with a stronger focus toward research.
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Secretary of State's office launches 'Vote in Honor of a Veteran' program

Hoping to increase the number of voters and help preserve the stories of Washington's veterans, Secretary of State Kim Wyman last week announced the 'Vote in Honor of a Vet' program that allows voters to dedicate their 2015 vote to an active-duty service member or veteran.
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Alisha Benson new interim CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated

Steve Stevens announced last week that he is stepping down as president of Greater Spokane Incorporated, saying a visit back home Kentucky drove home that he was needed there by his family. Alisha Benson has been named interim CEO while a new leader is selected.
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Export-Import Bank Critical to Washington's Economy

Ex-Im Bank Is an Easy Yes

By Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

ProGauge Technologies, Inc., a manufacturing company based in Bakersfield, California, is bidding on a project that could lead to 30 new jobs, but only five are staying here in the United States. The rest will be created abroad.

It didn't have to be that way. ProGauge is one of countless manufacturers in the United States, large and small, losing out on foreign sales and international deals because of Congress' failure to stand up for American jobs. "It's pretty sad not to be able to keep the jobs here," said ProGauge president Don Nelson.

Earlier this year, Congress allowed the Export-Import Bank's charter to expire and has not yet acted to reauthorize it. The Ex-Im Bank has served for more than 80 years as the U.S. export credit agency, ensuring access to competitive export financing for manufacturers in the United States that private banks are unable to offer. Countries around the world have similar credit agencies, and without ours, it is harder for U.S.-based companies to sell their products, made by American workers, overseas.

Click here to read the full column in U.S. News & World Report
Ag Worth Billions to State

Needed: More Water for Everyone in Yakima Valley

By The News Tribune editorial board

Some of America's richest farmland lies just over the Cascade Mountains in the Yakima River Valley. It provides most of the nation's apples and hops, and pulls billions of dollars into the state economy.

It's also fragile, as this year's unprecedented drought demonstrated. The valley's reservoir system is roughly a century old; even in the best of years, it doesn't deliver enough water to go around. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has introduced a measure that would bring the system into the 21st century; the Senate should pass it.

Her bill would put the U.S. government behind the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, a combination of irrigation, reservoir and habitat improvements. The legislation is backed by an improbably broad coalition that includes farmers, environmentalists, the Yakama Indians, fishermen, Republican and Democratic leaders.

A lot of those people are normally in the habit of squabbling with each other. Their unanimity in this case reflects the fact that the Integrated Plan pretty much makes everyone happy.

Click here to read the full editorial in The News Tribune
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