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Published on Friday, March 4, 2016

Last chance to weigh in on the state budget

It’s the final week of session. The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of a supplemental operating budget, and budget negotiations are underway. We are not likely to see the final negotiated version of the budget until shortly before both chambers pass it. That means this is the last chance to weigh in on the proposed cuts to city programs and revenue.

And there’s still a number of items on the table that would impact cities, including:

  • Elimination of 90 percent of the Municipal Research and Services Center’s funding beginning July 1, 2016.
  • A sweep of the Fire Insurance Premium Tax shared with 44 cities.
  • Substantially increased costs to send cadets to the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy and cancellation of currently scheduled classes.
  • A proposed merger of the LEOFF 1 and TRS 1 retirement systems.

More information about each of these items is available here.

Please take a moment to contact your legislators. Ask them not to support more cuts to cities.

If you have any questions or need additional information. Please don’t hesitate to contact AWC’s Victoria Lincoln.

Categories: Budget & finance