January 30, 2017
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Governor's top advisors speak at first Lobby Lunch of 2017



A full house at AWB heard from three top advisors to Gov. Jay Inslee during last week's Lobby Lunch, the first one of 2017.

Drew Shirk, the governor's executive director for legislative affairs, along with Scott Merriman, the director of the state Office of Financial Management, and Keith Phillips, the governor's policy director, spoke to AWB members about the governor's proposed budget and tax increases, the work to fully fund public education, taxes and regulations, and much more.

"We proposed a series of revenue ideas, none of them are new. I believe all of them have been around for a while," Merriman said in explaining the need for new and higher taxes -- including the governor's proposed carbon tax.

Olympia Business Watch has the full story, and a video is available here.

Legislative leaders from both parties will speak in the next two Lobby Lunches.

Senate and House Republican leaders have been invited to this Thursday's lunch meeting. Democratic leaders from the House and Senate have been invited to the Feb. 9 Lobby Lunch. Read more on the AWB website.

To ensure a seat, RSVP to Connie Carlson by noon Tuesday.



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