Olympia Happenings Related To Our Tech Industry
The WTIA has been focused on the upcoming legislative session that will start in Olympia in January. During the month of November the legislature conducted working sessions to start to explore policy topics of interest to the legislators and begin the bill drafting process. Topics that we are particularly interested in in this upcoming session are in the areas of privacy, education funding (particularly increased funding to enable more Computer Science degrees in the state), workforce development and the discussion around the extension of the R&D tax credit.
When the legislature convened in a special session in November to consider and pass an incentive package for The Boeing Co, Michael had the opportunity to testify on behalf of the technology sector to reinforce the economic contributions our industry brings to the state. He followed up that testimony with a letter to urge the legislators to be mindful of the benefits of keeping a strong technology industry in Washington. We will continue to reinforce this message to policy makers and find opportunities to champion additional funding for STEM education and computer science degrees specifically.
Another topic we are tracking is efforts related to Internet privacy rights. With the current events in the media around the NSA and surveillance activities there is some momentum to enact a privacy charter on the state level. We are monitoring these activities closely and have will oppose current language under consideration as it would place a high burden on our industry to implement and create new barriers to doing business on the Internet.
We will continue to engage on policy issues that affect our industry and welcome your thoughts and reinforcement of our activities on your behalf.
WTIA Advocacy Contact:
Patti Brooke, VP, Government Affairs and Member Programs – 206-448-3033 x.109; firstname.lastname@example.org