December 11, 2017
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Employers meet with national leaders during AWB D.C. Fly-in

Nearly two dozen Washington employers met with Washington's congressional delegation and other national leaders during the fourth-annual AWB D.C. Fly-in last week. From immigration to taxes, trade to health care, this was a chance for employers to be heard in the U.S. capital.

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Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell appointed to tax bill conference committee

Both of Washington's U.S. senators will be on the conference committee that is aiming to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the federal tax overhaul. The tax bill lowers corporate tax rates to help employers create jobs, and will lower tax bills for most taxpayers.

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Millennium sues Department of Ecology over alleged manipulation of study

Millennium Bulk Terminals has filed a lawsuit alleging that the state Department of Ecology dismissed findings from its own consultants when it wrote the study that denied permits for the proposed export facility in Longview.

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Patrick Jones, economic analyst, to give lunchtime keynote at Legislative Day and Hill Climb

Track the economic trends shaping your community with Patrick Jones, the executive director at the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis at Eastern Washington University. He'll be giving the lunchtime keynote at the 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb. He'll be joined by other legislative and policy leaders during an informative day that ends with our well-organized Hill Climb. The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Olympia.

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Bridging the Skills Gap

Look to community colleges for diverse tech-industry talent

By Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College

Seattle's technology industry has a diversity problem. While tech companies have publicly committed to changing their hiring practices, people of color and women are still being left out of what feels more and more like an exclusive club.

Only one in five STEM workers identify as black or Latino, and less than 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. With equity front and center at the recent Washington STEM Summit, we must do more than talk. We must work together -- and two-year colleges are a natural partner in the effort to achieve this important goal...

It is not hard to see the tremendous potential of teaming up, where colleges such as ours and tech companies work together to create cutting-edge programs that teach the skills they need, in ways that are accessible to diverse students. Working together, we can train more local workers to fill the growing number of great jobs in the technology sector, thousands of which remain unfilled..

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Dams Provide Clean, Green Power

Inslee support for possible dam-breaching 'unfathomable'

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

This issue needs to be decided at the highest level. You can't manage a hydro system this big and this important from the bench. Congress passed the laws that protect endangered species, and it paid for the dams in the first place. It is in the best position to decide whether we take a balanced view, or submit to environmental overkill.

You'd think a governor so concerned with our carbon footprint would be interested in preserving clean power in the Pacific Northwest. There really is no middle ground here, and he ought to know better. What's he saying? Dam breaching is OK if we just take a little from the top?

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