November 28, 2016
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Water Quality Committee to meet Tuesday

The AWB Water Quality Committee will meet Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. at AWB. The group will discuss next steps after the EPA's promulgation of Washington's water quality standards, among other issues. Contact Connie Carlson for call-in information, or Brandon Houskeeper for more information about the content of the meeting.

AWB Employment Law Committee to meet Thursday with L&I Director Joel Sacks

L&I Director Joel Sacks will meet with the AWB Employment Law Committee to discuss a number of workplace issues when it meets Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. at AWB. One item sure to be on the agenda: how L&I will implement Initiative 1433, including rulemaking for the new safe and sick leave rule, as well as logistics for increasing the state's minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020. Contact Connie Carlson for call-in information, or Bob Battles for more information on the content of the meeting.

Health Care Committee to meet Dec. 6

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has been invited to the next meeting of the AWB Health Care Committee on Dec. 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact Connie Carlson for call-in information, or Sheri Nelson for more information about the content of the meeting.


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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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