January 6, 2020
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AWB Lobby Lunch begins Jan. 23 with officials from the governor's office

Hear directly from top policy-makers and shapers in Olympia with the annual AWB Lobby Lunch. These "power lunches" connect you with the latest information, legislative plans and perspectives from all sides of the major issues facing employers.

The first Lobby Lunch will be held Jan. 23 with representatives of Gov. Jay Inslee's office.

On Jan. 30 attendees will hear from Republican leadership, with Democratic leadership speaking on Feb. 6. Steve Lerch, executive director of the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, will give a budget update on Feb. 13. Stay tuned for announcements of further speakers on Feb. 20 and 27.

All Lobby Lunches are on Thursdays. Cost is $25 each, or $150 to pay ahead for all lunches (no reimbursement for unattended lunches.) Reservations must be made in advance to ensure meal availability. Contact Liv Johnson to learn more and make reservations.

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Forward into Space Investment

Federal space push is an opportunity for Washington

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.

That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.

But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.

As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times