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Published on Friday, January 8, 2016

Legislators consider business climate in Washington

During the opening week of the 2016 legislative session, the House Finance and Senate Trade & Economic Development committees have scheduled time to discuss the regulatory climate for businesses in Washington. These hearings will discuss local business licensing and taxes.

Both hearings will provide updates on the FileLocal project, an online tool developed by four cities. FileLocal provides businesses in participating cities the ability to get local business licenses and pay local taxes on one website. FileLocal began serving businesses in Tacoma and Seattle in 2015, and businesses in Bellevue and Everett will be able to use FileLocal in early 2016. More cities plan to participate in the coming year.

During the Senate hearing, legislators will also consider SB 6033, which establishes a task force to examine state and local regulations that affect small businesses. The task force would include legislators from both parties and would be required to seek input from small businesses, labor and business organizations, state agencies, the Governor’s office, and the public. Input from local governments is not specifically required under the proposal.

AWC will continue to advocate for local flexibility and control and will closely monitor any discussions about city licensing and taxing authority. If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Victoria Lincoln or Serena Dolly.

Categories: Budget & finance