November 9, 2015
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AWB Water Resources Committee will meet in Yakima this Tuesday

The AWB Water Resources Committee will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Yakima Chamber of Commerce located at 10 N. 9th Street. Sens. Jim Honeyford and John Braun will discuss water storage issues and Dave Christensen with the state Department of Ecology Water Resources Division will discuss the implications of the Foster decision. Contact Connie Grande for possible alternate attendance options. To ensure adequate space, please RSVP directly to Mike Ennis.

Health Care Committee to meet Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Seattle

The AWB Health Care Committee will meet next Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Washington State Hospital Association's (WSHA) new offices on the 14th floor of the Wells Fargo building, 999 3rd Avenue, Seattle. Speakers will discuss legislative proposals for the upcoming session. Lunch will be provided, so be sure to RSVP with Connie Grande. Contact Sheri Nelson for more on the content of the meeting.

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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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