September 30, 2019
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Boeing donates $125,000 to grants in Moses Lake

Boeing, which is adding hundreds of jobs in Moses Lake, has also announced major donations to the community: $100,000 to support pilot and aircraft maintenance technician programs at Big Bend Community College, and $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Columbia Basin.

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Bonneville lock reopens to barge traffic

A critical barge navigation lock has reopened traffic after nearly a month of closure that left wheat and other goods stuck without passage up or down the Columbia River.

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AWB membership department wins two national awards

Last week at a national gathering of state chambers, AWB was honored with two awards for membership, including the top prize for member retention.

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Microsoft outlines first affordable housing investment of $500 million initiative

Microsoft will make a $60 million loan at below-market rates to the King County Housing Authority to help it buy five residential apartment complexes, ensuring the 1,029 apartments will stay affordable for low- and middle-income residents. It's the first investment of Microsoft's $500 million pledge for affordable housing.

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Freeways Aren't Free

The Times recommends: Reject car tabs Initiative 976 and its devastating effects

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

In his latest ballot measure, initiative promoter Tim Eyman is overreaching again. He conjures a fantasy world in which Washington's transportation infrastructure is complete, efficient and everlasting.

The real-life Initiative 976 is a direct threat to Washington's well-being. It would cut repairs to streets and bridges of 62 districts across the state, delay voter-approved mass transit in mid-construction and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. The statewide transportation budget, including highway construction and the State Patrol, would be shorted $4 billion over the next decade.

Little wonder large employers including Amazon, Alaska Airlines and Microsoft, business groups, city and county officials, unions and environmental concerns oppose I-976...

Nothing about I-976 is a good idea, in terms of responsible governance or prudent money management. Eyman asks voters to buy a falsity that there's some miraculous way to fund our state's backlog of bridge, road and transit needs. Because the courts cannot end this toxic nonsense quickly enough, voters must reject I-976 themselves.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times