February 3, 2020
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Lobby Lunch: Wilcox encourages young people to consider careers in public service

A big crowd came to AWB's Lobby Lunch on Thursday, and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox took a few minutes to encourage young people to consider serving in the Legislature.

He encouraged people to explore a professional life in Olympia, and said there's turnover in the Legislature.

"I hope that I see some of the younger people that are coming down here again and again over the next few years, regardless of which party asks you, I hope that you will consider coming down here as an elected official," Wilcox said.

He also said it's amazing what a good cross section of regular people make up the Legislature, and that personal integrity matters.

"The people that are least successful are the ones that come in here and don't have regard for the personal relationships that you form here," he said.

Wilcox also said he was proud of his caucus, which debated the low-carbon fuel standard bill for more than three hours the night before.

Read more on the Olympia Business Watch blog.

This week's Lobby Lunch features Democratic legislative leaders. 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. Reservations must be made in advance to ensure meal availability. Contact Liv Johnson to learn more and make reservations.

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Focus on Puget Sound

Removing Snake River dams is misguided approach to saving orcas

By Todd Myers and Steve Martin

The struggle to increase salmon populations and help Southern Resident killer whales will be won or lost through recovery projects across the state, perhaps most importantly in Puget Sound.

That simple, scientific reality should guide salmon recovery in Washington. Distractions, like the destruction of the Snake River dams, will end up harming salmon, orcas and those who care about them.

The science is clear that Puget Sound is the most important source of food for starving orcas. NOAA Fisheries and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife ranked their sources of food for orca and found that the Puget Sound, Strait of Georgia, the Lower Columbia and the Fraser rivers are the top priorities. The Snake River ranked ninth.

This is why NOAA Fisheries has repeatedly concluded that destroying the four lower Snake River dams would have a "marginal" impact on orca recovery, despite a very high cost...

Todd Myers is a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and environmental director of the Washington Policy Center in Seattle. Steve Martin previously served as executive coordinator of Gov. Jay Inslee's Salmon Recovery Office.

Read the full op-ed in The News Tribune