State of the Colony expected to be upbeat
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Administrator to announce new exploratory and education initiatives
Posted 23:30 GMT, 01-25-2090
STATION ZERO (NNL) - The LunaCol Assembly will be gaveled to order tonight to hear Colony Administrator Amy Wainwright give a positive report on the State of the Colony. The 47th annual message from Tranquility will be broadcast live on NewsNetLink at 7PM colony time (2PM ET / 1900 GMT).
This will be the first message that Wainwright will give after securing her third term as Administrator last August in an uncontested election.
Station Zero Press Secretary Alan Davis described tonight's speech as a second opinion to Earth's repeated warnings concerning colony security, anticipated research and habitation cost overruns.
"LunaCol is at the dawn of an economic and research boom, and Administrator Wainwright will credit that to the over thirty-five thousand colonists under our protection," Davis said.
The Administrator is expected to announce a multi-billion dollar proposal to the Earth Senate to expand mineral procurement and colony construction on three fronts, all in an effort to expand LunaCol's habitable capacity by 30% in five years. Wainwright will cite research potential and population growth rates in her primetime address.
"Luna has enjoyed a positive birthrate for over a generation," said LunaCol political analyst Sandra Mills, "This will be the first time in history that colony management will leverage that in negotiations with the Earth Senate. It will be an attempt to raise awareness of the colony's needs to the people back on Earth."
Tomorrow, Senator Nancy Wilson (F-CAN) will be flanked by fellow members of the North American Foundationalist Caucus in a Paris press conference to rebut Wainwright's address.
"I'm not going to vote on a bill that's going to siphon off taxpayer money that is designated to serve the needs of Earth when the moon is supposed to be self-sufficient," Wilson said.
In Wainwright's thirteenth address, she will also propose, for the first time, funding for elementary and secondary education to include lunar history as required reading. As of the present, children's history books are all written by Earth authors or with Earthside perspectives. This will be the first major initiative that will address subsidized education on LunaCol.
An estimated 80% of all colonists are expected to tune into tonight's address, as well as just under a billion viewers on Earth.
NewsNetLink's Natsumi Hiroshi produced this report.