December 16, 2019
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Rep. Reeves resigning from the Legislature

A legislative leader on early childhood education and child care accessibility, state Rep. Kristine Reeves, announced this morning that she is resigning from her seat in the Legislature.

There was immediate speculation that she could be a candidate for the open U.S. House seat being vacated by Congressman Denny Heck, but Reeves didn't say what she would be doing next.

"While we have accomplished much in Washington state, critical progressive priorities and investments in our future too often fall victim to special interests in Washington, D.C. That's got to change," she said in a statement on her Facebook page.

Reeves spoke at AWB's recent Child Care Summit, and AWB has worked closely with her and a diverse array of other stakeholders on finding solutions to the state's child care accessibility and affordability crisis. Contact AWB's Amy Anderson to learn more about that ongoing work.

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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle