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Published on Friday, July 10, 2015

Long legislative session comes to an end

Two-year operating and capital budgets were passed and signed by the Governor on June 30. A government shutdown was avoided, and ten days later on July 10, the Legislature officially adjourned after the longest session in state history – 176 days. With the exception of the Public Works Trust Fund, the budgets are good for cities!

Here’s our updated chart of items included in the final enacted operating and capital budgets and how they compare with the last House and Senate budget proposals. We also provide this summary of what's contained in the new transportation package.

Priorities accomplished:

  • All current state-shared revenues, including full distribution of local liquor taxes ($50 million, not $25 million as funded this last biennium) and the Fire Insurance Premium Tax retained
  • Marijuana triple-play: Merged medical and recreational systems, obtained a share of excise taxes, and retained local land use authorities
  • Transportation revenue secured and local options authorized to help maintain city streets
  • New sales tax revenue for cities and the state's operating budget secured

Priority not accomplished:

  • The Public Works Trust fund as we've known it for decades appears to have disappeared. Projects currently funded will be funded to completion. There's no funding for new projects as revenue streams have been diverted to the state's education fund. We're committed to working over the coming months to develop ideas for how to fund critical infrastructure projects in the future.

We accomplished these things in large part because you as city officials and community leaders were vocal and insistent that these priorities needed action. Thank you.

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