March 28, 2016
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Inslee signs transportation-related bills to keep 2015 package rolling

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplemental transportation budget into law last week, along with a number of other transportation-related bills. It was a sunny moment in an otherwise gloomy week in Olympia, where the overall budget impasse continued.

Inslee noted the success of last year’s bipartisan transportation package, which he called “the largest and greenest” in state history.

That package was also an AWB priority. This year, AWB focused its legislative efforts on making sure the entire package, including its slate of reforms and efficiencies, was kept in place and implemented. The supplemental transportation budget does that, along with making fixes to Interstate 405 to improve traffic flow. It also gives raises to State Patrol troopers.

For more on AWB’s work on transportation issues – the “Connect” in our five-point strategic plan – talk to AWB Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis.

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Public Charter Schools Are Working

Gov. Inslee should sign charter school bill, let students achieve their dreams

By Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle

As a state, we cannot let go of our ability to lift hardworking people out of poverty. We must do everything within our power to ensure public education remains a powerful ladder to success for every child in Washington. We cannot allow the leaders and innovators of future generations to slip through the cracks simply because we were too stuck in our ways to create the change we know they needed.

ESSSB 6194, a bill to keep Washington's public charter schools open for the long-term and an option for all communities across the state, now sits on Inslee's desk awaiting his signature. The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, provides excellent educational opportunities for hundreds of students today, and potentially thousands of students in the future. ...

I have heard some of my fellow legislators who oppose ESSSB 6194 say we either need to fix every problem in public education for every student in Washington or do nothing at all. I urge the governor to reject such false choices.

I urge the governor to sign the charter-school bill, which would keep these students on the path to achieving their dreams and build upon Washington's foundation of innovation and accountability in public education.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Washington Employers Are Leading the Way

Something old and something new: How Seattle's viaduct is being recycled in the tunnel

By Richard D. Oxley,

Parts of Seattle's viaduct may be torn down, but in a way, those parts won't truly be gone.

Nucor, the state's largest metal recycler, takes scrap steel from portions of the torn down Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle and forges it into new product.

The recycling effort is currently featured in a commercial produced by the Association of Washington Business...

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