September 15, 2014
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Supreme Court holds Legislature in contempt over pace of McCleary compliance

The state's highest court last week unanimously declared the entire Legislature in contempt of court. The justices held off on issuing any penalties, giving lawmakers the 2015 session to add billions to education funding.
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Congress mulls short-term extension of Export-Import Bank

House Republican leaders have offered a short-term extension of the Export-Import Bank's charter, but many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say a long-term extension is the only solution.
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Bellevue latest target of $15 minimum wage protests

Fast food workers and union activists blocked traffic and were arrested in Bellevue last week as the "15 Now" movement expands from Seattle.
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It's Policy Summit time. Follow all the action online. Attendees, we'll see you at Suncadia!

The 25th anniversary Policy Summit is sold out, but if you can't be part of the event, you can still take part in the discussion at AWB's blog and through our social media channels.
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AWB wraps up packed series of regional meetings

Some venues ran out of chairs as AWB crossed the state to hear from business owners and operators about priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Education & Workforce Training Committee to meet Sept. 29

Save the date for a 1 to 3 p.m. meeting at AWB in Olympia on Monday, Sept. 29, as AWB's Education & Workforce Training Committee meets to discuss legislative objects going into the contentious 2015 legislative session. Contact Sheri Nelson to learn more.

Transportation Committee to meet Oct. 1

The AWB Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at AWB to discuss a number of items, including the transportation items listed in Gov. Jay Inslee's climate executive order. Read more »

Other News

WSDOT picks public transportation veteran to lead state's ferry system

Lynne Griffith, a former top leader at several transit agencies, has been tapped to lead the state's ferry system, the largest in the nation.
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Record numbers of fall chinook return to the Columbia River

Years of work to increase fish returns are paying off. A record number of fall chinook salmon were counted at the Bonneville Dam last week.
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No surprise: More and more Washington workers testing positive for pot

Washington and Colorado, the two states where "recreational" marijuana is legal, both showed major increases in usage during on-the-job drug tests last year. Still, while pot is legal in Washington, employers can continue to enforce zero tolerance policies.
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Wyoming appeals Oregon's denial of permit for Port of Morrow export terminal

The state of Wyoming lodged a formal protest last week of Oregon's recent decision not to allow a bulk export terminal on the Columbia River. Wyoming said Oregon is preventing its businesses from competing in the booming world coal markets. Read more »

Bestselling authors to speak on leadership in Tacoma

Learn how to increase your team's potential by asking the right questions. Authors and leadership experts John Maxwell, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Tim Sanders will show the way Oct. 10 at L2: Learn - Lead in Tacoma.
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AWB Events & Resources

Keep your systems secure with experts from the White House, FBI, U.S. Chamber and Boeing

What should you do to prepare for a cyber break-in, and how should you respond after an attack? Don't wait until after you're hacked to answer those questions. Join top experts Sept. 23 at a seminar hosted by Boeing and the U.S. Chamber to help secure the global supply chain. Read more »

Manufacturing in Washington is alive and well. Learn more at the Oct. 28 Manufacturing Summit

Learn from the best and celebrate the accomplishments of Washington manufacturers at the 2014 AWB Manufacturing Summit. Register now for the Oct. 28 summit in Kent.
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They Said It

A Four-Star Leadership Lesson

"If I had it to do over again, I'd do some things in my career differently, but not many. I believed in people and I still believe in them. I trusted and I still trust. I cared and I still care. I wouldn't have had it any other way." ~ Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who will give the keynote address at the AWB Policy Summit Wednesday evening.

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Former Dick's Drive-In worker, then and now

By Melanie Wood, former Dick's crew member who went on to work at Verizon Wireless, Hewlett-Packard, Micro K12 and Microsoft

I have always admired Dick's Drive-In for strong involvement with the United Way, the scholarship program, celebrating with high school and college grads, and all that is achieved in the community.

High standards of integrity and strong work-ethic were my greatest takeaways from my time with the Drive-In, but it was also my first exposure to being part of team, as well as seeing what happens when an organization keeps focus on these community objectives.

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