December 9, 2019
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Spokane Lunch and Learn: mounting costs of childcare in the workplace

An in-depth report released this fall by the Washington State Child Care Collaborative Task Force lays out something that families and employers already know: how the high cost, limited access and quality of childcare limits parents' op­tions.

Without many choices, parents are forced to make decisions that reduce workforce participation. This hurts families, employers and the economy.

According to Elway Research and Eastern Washington University's Institute of Public Policy & Economic Analysis, the lack of affordable and accessible childcare in Washington State results in $2.08 billion estimated in direct cost to employers due to turnover and missed work, as well as $6.5 billion in direct & lost opportunity costs.

Join AWB on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for an interactive "lunch and learn" session on this topic. Lunch is included in the $10 cost for the event at Spokane Community College's Littlefoot Room (124AB - Lair Student Center). The closest parking lot is P1.

Hear from Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director and co-chair of the statewide Child Care Collaborative Task Force.

She will discuss the many issues employers are faced with due to lack of afford­able, accessible child care in Washington State.

Other speakers Include:

  • Tim Burgess, former Seattle City Council member and interim mayor
  • Ruth Kagi, former Washington State Legislator

Register here or contact Amy Anderson to learn more about the topic.



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USMCA Now

Vote on U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement for the sake of Washington's economic growth

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

But campaigning for president last summer, Inslee was skeptical of USMCA, siding with wary unions and environmental groups seeking more aggressive mandates...

With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Speak up

Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region's economy and fill it out

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/lsrdsurvey.

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.