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PSBJ: Washington state can’t skimp any longer (on higher ed)

February 13th, 2015

Washington companies are changing how we travel, protect human health and preserve the environment. The strength and breadth of that vitality depends on a strong higher education system and a skilled workforce. In an opinion piece for this week’s Puget Sound Business Journal, Steve Mullin urges lawmakers to keep higher education a priority. He writes, “A strong higher education system is the most… Read more

Transportation Proposal Now in Play in the Senate

February 12th, 2015

Washington Roundtable President Steve Mullin applauded Senate transportation leaders this afternoon for a new bipartisan proposal that invests $15 billion in the state’s transportation system over 16 years. “We applaud Senators Curtis King, Steve Hobbs, Joe Fain and Marko Liias for their work in developing this package.  This is a serious proposal with bipartisan support and we are very encouraged by the positive… Read more

Time to act on transportation funding

February 10th, 2015

As The Seattle Times editorializes today, transportation negotiations are underway in the legislature and the need for a new comprehensive investment package – the first in a decade – is clear. As the Times writes: At this point, lawmakers should not need to be reminded why a package is needed. But just in case, smart investments are necessary because poor freight mobility remains… Read more

Launch of Opportunity Washington – join the effort for shared prosperity

January 28th, 2015

We were happy to join employers and community leaders from across the state in Olympia yesterday to celebrate the launch of Opportunity Washington: Priorities for Shared Prosperity. Over the last year, we’ve worked with our historic WashACE partners to examine our state’s strengths and weaknesses, we visited communities across the state and we answered key questions about what’s working in Washington and what… Read more

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WA Roundtable @waroundtable4 days ago"The future of both our state's economy and of our young people requires that we support and nurture the learning needs of people after high school." — @BradSmi, President of @Microsoft #WAKids4WAJobs @MicrosoftEDU @MSFTissues
WA Roundtable @waroundtable5 days agoThank you @BradSmi and @Microsoft for supporting #WAKids4WAJobs. Most of the 740K job openings expected in WA over the next 5 years will require a postsecondary credential, something just 31% of WA kids go onto earn today. We must do better. @MSFTissues
WA Roundtable @waroundtable6 days ago"The end game in education is no longer a high school diploma." — @BradSmi, President of @Microsoft #WAKids4WAJobs
WA Roundtable @waroundtable1 week agoThank you to Tacoma-based @TBStaffing and CEO Steve Cooper for supporting our #WAKids4WAJobs campaign. Washington is home to so many terrific employers.