December 19, 2016
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Sen. King, Rep. Clibborn announce bipartisan legislation to comply with federal REAL ID Act

In just over a year, the federal government will no longer accept Washington driver's licenses as sufficient ID to board an airplane. Last week the heads of the state Senate and House transportation committees unveiled a plan for a two-tiered license system to bring Washington into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

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State begins pilot pay-by-the-mile plan as possible alternative to gas tax

The state is looking for 2,000 volunteer drivers to be part of a pilot program to pay for road usage by miles traveled. Long-term, a road usage charge is one proposed way to replace the gas tax, which is losing its funding power as more electric, hybrid and highly fuel efficient vehicles fill state highways and roads.

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New WSU medical school had more than 700 applications for just 60 spots in inaugural class

Spokane's new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine received over 700 applications in less than a month for the inaugural medical school class, which only has 60 spots.

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Washington Council on International Trade welcomes new president

Lori Otto Punke is the new president of the Seattle-based Washington Council on International Trade. She has held senior public affairs positions at Microsoft and Starbucks, and has served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senate leadership

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Watch for AWB year-end email this Thursday; no Fast Facts next week

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Sustainability in Action

Aslan Brewing Company: Refreshing Environmental Success

By Washington Business magazine

Taking beer and building to a new, sustainable level, a craft brewer demonstrates how a time-honored cold beverage can take the edge off the climate.

With a commitment to organic ingredients, locally-sourced goods, and low-impact practices, the owners offer the community something new and refreshing, the sustainable way .
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
Workforce Matters

We must train next generation for the jobs Washington is creating

By Amy Morrison Goings and Gary Oertli

In these politically stressful times, there's one priority everyone can agree on: putting people to work in Washington. People need great jobs just as employers need great talent.

The most recent proof comes in the form of research by the Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable. The report projects there will be 740,000 job openings in Washington over the next five years. Most of those openings will be filled by people who have postsecondary education or training.

The jobs range from entry-level positions, to "pathway" jobs that then lead to well-paying careers. Many positions require not just a high school diploma and not necessarily a bachelor's degree, but somewhere in between -- such as an associate degree, or a certificate backed by industry need, or an apprenticeship. Others require a bachelor's degree or higher.

That's why it's so important for the Legislature to fund the entire pipeline of education in Washington, from pre-kindergarten through college. At the center of that pipeline is Washington's community and technical college system.
Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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