September 9, 2019
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Debbie Sterling joins speaker lineup for Policy Summit Sept. 17-19



AWB’s 2019 Policy Summit is approaching, and space is going fast. Please join us at the beautiful Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum Sept 17-19. There are still seats available, and we recommend registering now if you haven’t yet secured your seat.

We are excited to announce that GoldieBlox Founder and CEO Debbie Sterling will deliver our lunchtime keynote address on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Sterling is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward getting girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She was named TIME Magazine’s "Person of the Moment,” Business Insider’s "30 Women Who Are Changing the World,” and was recently added to Fortune Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. In early 2015, Debbie was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and honored by the National Women’s History Museum with a “Living Legacy” Award for her work to empower girls around the world.

GoldieBlox is an award-winning children's multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally. Through the integration of storytelling and STEM principles, GoldieBlox offers videos, animation, books, apps, curriculum and merchandise; the tools that empower girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures. GoldieBlox was named one of the “World's Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company in 2014.

The agenda this year also features a joint appearance from two former White House chiefs of staff, insights from Windermere’s chief economist, and dozens of other compelling speakers.

This is your chance to engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion, build connections with fellow business leaders and learn about the current outlook on issues that impact employers and communities.

This is one of our most popular events and space is going fast! Online registration will only stay open while there are seats left. See all ticket options and register here or contact Jacob Sodeman at JacobS@awb.org for more information.



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Questionable Vetoes


Gov. Jay Inslee gets slapped with a lawsuit, and democracy is better for it

By The News Tribune Editorial Board

Lawmakers are suing Inslee for a series of one-sentence vetoes in the state's nearly $10 billion transportation budget...

In a moment of institutional solidarity, Democrats and Republicans on the House Executive Rules Committee and the Senate Facilities & Operations Committee voted unanimously to sue.

Yes, lawmakers could have convened for a vote and overridden Inslee's vetoes with a two-thirds majority of both chambers. But both parties wisely considered the importance of precedent...

Meanwhile, legislators are still smarting from another bit of sleight of hand from Inslee, which he also used to manipulate the transportation budget to his liking.

The governor snatched $175 million in leftover funds that lawmakers had appropriated for transportation projects. He redirected the money toward removing road culverts that block fish passage, a mammoth undertaking that will take several years and cost billions of dollars...

We hope Inslee, who's seeking a third term as governor after withdrawing from the Democratic presidential field, has learned a little something about executive power.

Objectionable sentences can't just disappear, and legislatively designated funds can't just float to your preferred projects. It's a pen, sir, not a magic wand.

Read the full editorial in The News Tribune
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High-speed internet is basic infrastructure for the 21st-century economy

By U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Tom Gurr, executive director of the Pacific Technology Alliance

As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our businesses, health care, and education systems, it's more important than ever to ensure that all Americans, especially those in rural areas, have access to a high-speed internet connection.

In visiting communities around our state, meeting with people on the ground, and listening to what they have to say, we're reminded that there is a significant portion of residents who don't have access to this critical technology...

High-speed broadband networks are as important as any other type of infrastructure in the 21st century. We all recognize the logistical and financial constraints of bringing broadband networks to remote or sparsely populated areas. But this technology is critical to daily life, and rural residents deserve access to the same opportunities for education, health care and economic development as people living in larger cities like Spokane. It's up to us to work together to make that happen.

Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review