1. Do you need to save workers to take actions in the activation phase, such as inclining cards or using the patent effects? For instance, Lobbying - do you need to save a worker to use this?yes - if the card has a worker symbol on it indicating that on is needed to activate the card.
2. Can you get money from the workers surrounding a card in the activation phase? That was how I understood the rules, but when I watched a video, no one took money nor did they mention this as an option.That's the only time you can do so. Your actions in phase I are: Place a Worker, Use the Event or Move to Activation. The clue is in the names of the phases: Placement and Activation.
3. If you use the Event card that generates a worker for a cost, is that worker there for good or is it a round only worker (I'm thinking Guest vs. FG in Agricola)?Permanent.