RPPG’s Director, Government Affairs Dane Hutchings brought his expertise in state government and politics to the Central Coast on October 27 at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the State.
Providing his insights on the intersect between government and business, Hutchings joined Keely Bosler, Director of the California Department of Finance, and Aneesh Raman, a former Obama speechwriter and Senior Advisor on Economic Strategy and External Affairs to Gavin Newsom, on stage as an event panelist.
Moderator Wendy Wendt, the Executive Director at First 5 SLO County, led the three panelists through a conversation designed to provide the 250 attendees with a greater understanding of the current political climate in Sacramento and its implications for the San Luis Obispo County business community. Following the panel discussion, Wendt opened the floor to the audience for 40 minutes of question and answer.
“I was honored to share the stage with two of Governor Newsom’s key advisors in Keely and Aneesh,” said Hutchings. “Having the opportunity to exchange ideas and provide unique perspectives on impactful issues such as housing, pensions and the evolving relationship between city and state government was very exciting. Polices enacted at the state level have a major impact on business as well as on the agencies where they reside. I applaud the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce for its continued focus on such vital polices.”
A statewide thought leader on pension issues, Hutchings provided particularly valuable insights about the residual impacts that retirement costs will have on San Luis Obispo’s business community. In addition to the discussion of pensions, Hutchings, Bosler and Raman touched upon new labor legislation, the differences between the Newsom and Brown administrations, the altered primary election schedule and state policy trends in 2020 and beyond.
About Dane Hutchings
Hutchings brings over a decade of experience as a legislative advocate and political strategist to his work at RPPG. He specializes in pension reform, labor relations policies and unemployment policy. Before joining RPPG, Hutchings was the Legislative Representative and Federal Policy Liaison for the League of California Cities and the Government Relations Manager at the California Grocers Association.
Renne Public Policy Group (RPPG) is a full-service lobbying and consulting practice that strives to advance the interests of public agencies and companies that align with public entities. As a division of Renne Public Law Group (RPLG), RPPG provides clients with full wraparound services informed by a keen understanding of California’s evolving legislative and political landscape.