January 6, 2020
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Herrera Beutler sponsors new child tax credit bill

U.S. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler has co-sponsored a measure that would give a boost to new parents by allowing them to take advance future tax credits as a lump sum immediately after the child arrives.

The Advancing Support for Working Families Act would give parents the option of receiving a $5,000 tax credit after the birth or adoption of a child. The funds would be advanced, essentially, since the bill would reduce subsequent tax credits by $500 for 10 years, The Reflector reports.

"As a parent of an infant, I know the added cost families face in the first year following birth," Herrera Beutler said in a news release. "Being able to receive financial support after the birth or adoption of a child can make all the difference in the world to a new parent, especially working parents who may not get paid leave."

Affordable child care and related workforce issues are high on AWB's priority list this year. Contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal and workforce issues, to learn more.



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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