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Statement from the Association of Washington Cities in response to the Legislature’s budget deal

Although the Legislature’s compromise budgets alleviate some concerns to cities and towns that were in previous proposals, the Legislature unfortunately continues to divert funds from cities and defund programs that directly benefit cities and their residents.

“We are surprised and disappointed that the supplemental operating budget goes well beyond small tweaks to the state’s two-year budget,” said Peter B. King, AWC Chief Executive Officer. “Many important city revenues and programs were on the table, yet again. This cycle illustrates that the Legislature still needs to find long-term and sustainable state budget solutions that do not threaten the wellbeing of their partners at the local level."

“While the state’s final budget deal funds many services that are beneficial to cities and towns, it does so at the expense of programs that have supported local infrastructure investments for decades. Programs like the Public Works Trust Fund are nationally recognized for their efficient use of taxpayer dollars, yet on top of eliminating all resources for this biennium another $227 million is diverted to the state’s operating budget in the next biennium. A strong local infrastructure now and into the future is critical to maintain a strong local and state economy.”

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The Association of Washington Cities serves its members through advocacy, educations and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch and with regulatory agencies. AWC also provides training, data and resources, and programs such as Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Compensation Retrospective Rating Program, and Drug & Alcohol Consortium.

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