November 28, 2016
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It's time! Celebrate outstanding employers at inaugural Evening of Excellence at Benaroya Hall this Wednesday

Help honor Washington's top employers this Wednesday at the first-ever Evening of Excellence. Twenty award finalists will be among the many guests who will walk the red carpet at the formal event Nov. 30 at Benaroya Hall when the winners will be announced. The awards, presented by Banner Bank, recognize employers who harness innovation, take the lead on environmental stewardship, and build a better Washington for their employees and communities. Reserve your spot today for a memorable evening in Seattle! Read more »

Election update: King County GOP names Dino Rossi as top pick to replace Sen. Andy Hill

Legislative control will remain split in Olympia even as the most difficult work of fulfilling the Supreme Court's McCleary education funding ruling must be completed. Into the mix might step Dino Rossi, who as a state senator in the early 2000s, helped put together a highly-regarded compromise budget. Rossi was the King County GOP's top choice to replace the late Sen. Andy Hill. Read more »

Federal court temporarily blocks new DOL overtime rule, now heads to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Employers gearing up to implement the new U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule Dec. 1 received a temporary reprieve last week. A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the new rule. But, that doesn't mean employers should sideline their plans to comply with the rule in the future as the case now heads to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more »

THIS FRIDAY: Help AWB light the state's Christmas tree

One of Olympia's favorite holiday tradition returns this Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. Join Gov. Jay Inslee for the lighting of the state's tree at this free, family-friendly event and consider donating to this festive and heartwarming project. The AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project has raised more than $390,000 since 1989 to buy Christmas gifts for families in need across the state. Read more »


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A Lack of Effective Training

Too many Washington kids are not college- or job-ready

By Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable

Students in Washington classrooms today will soon enter a job market bursting with opportunities. New research from The Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable projects 740,000 job openings in our state in just the next five years. State job growth over that period is expected to be nearly triple the national average.

Increasingly, Washington students will need a postsecondary credential -- such as a technical or industry certification or license, apprenticeship, associate degree or bachelor's degree -- to access the best job opportunities our state has to offer.

A survey of Washington Roundtable member companies shows a universal preference to hire Washington kids for Washington jobs. We have no doubt other employers feel similarly.

The challenge is this: Just 31 percent of the students who attend a public high school in our state go on to attain a postsecondary credential by age 26. Less than a third are prepared for the jobs of the future. 

That's not good enough.

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Supporting the Snake River Dams

Our dams support us; it's time to support them

By U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Following Judge Michael Simon's recent decision to require a full review of the Columbia and Snake River systems, there has been a movement to reevaluate what our dams mean to Eastern Washington.

Here in our region, the four lower Snake River dams provide renewable, reliable, affordable energy and act as a superhighway for barges to transport goods. As a community, we need to let our federal partners know that we want to continue to invest in and improve our dams.

Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a public "scoping" period through January 17, 2017, providing an opportunity for Eastern Washington residents to voice their support for dams and the benefits they offer to the region.

Read the full op-ed from The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
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