November 28, 2016
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Linda Williams appointed as chair of the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

The Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals now has a chair. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Linda Williams to chair the group, effective Dec. 5.

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WTO rules against successful Boeing tax incentives

The World Trade Organization, or WTO, today ruled the bipartisan tax incentives for Boeing';s 777X program passed in 2013 are illegal under their rules. However, Boeing declared victory as the WTO rejected virtually every claim made by the European Union.

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Kitsap Sun: New EPA water quality rules complicate the issue, set up potential litigation

What comes next under water quality standards imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? That was the question addressed in a wide-ranging Kitsap Sun blog post, which examines the specific chemicals and the issue of whether the state should appeal the stringent -- and unattainable -- federal standards.

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Changes at Boeing: new president of Commercial Airlines; creation of Global Services unit

The Boeing Co. announced last week that it is hiring GE Aviation Services' President and CEO Kevin McAllister to lead Boeing Commercial Airplanes, replacing the retiring Ray Conner. The company also announced the creation of a new unit called Boeing Global Services.

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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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