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Association of Washington Cities (AWC) thanks Governor Inslee for certain budget vetoes

AWC and city officials statewide extend appreciation to Governor Inslee for his leadership in standing up for cities and local communities by vetoing sections of the supplemental operating budget that were harmful to cities, large and small, urban and rural.

When the supplemental budget was passed in late March, cities were disappointed that at least two provisions damaged the ability of our communities to provide basic infrastructure improvements and continue longstanding help to pay for local firefighter pensions. By his actions today, the Governor vetoed key portions of the budget that would have swept funds intended to support basic infrastructure and revenues distributed to selected cities with significant public safety pension obligations.

“We are gratified that Governor Inslee heard cities’ concerns about several key pieces of the budget,” said Peter B. King, AWC Chief Executive Officer. “His vetoes today demonstrate his commitment to preserving the historic partnership between the state and its 281 cities. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Governor for listening to mayors and councilmembers. AWC and cities remain committed to working as partners with the state to make strong cities a reality.”

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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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