November 9, 2015
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Donations to AWB's Holiday Kids' Tree project make season brighter for rural, low-income families

Each year, AWB works with members and rural fire departments throughout the state to make Christmas happen in places where it wouldn’t otherwise. This project is known as the AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree. Each year, hundreds of AWB members contribute to the Holiday Kids’ Tree fund. Last year, members contributed a record $20,000 to the fund that helped families in need across the state during the holiday season.

Last year’s tree theme was Disney’s Frozen and this year’s theme will be…wait, that’s a surprise. You’ll have to wait to wait to find out when you arrive Dec. 4 for the tree-lighting at the Capitol rotunda.

To learn more about the project and contribute, follow this link or contact Bonnie Millikan..

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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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