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Published on Friday, January 9, 2015

Governor’s budget proposal scheduled for hearings

The 2015 legislative session gets underway Monday. As is typical in the odd-numbered years and the longer session of the biennium, the first week or two is often devoted to work sessions and planning. However, the Legislature’s fiscal committees have scheduled meetings this first week to take public testimony on the Governor’s budget proposal that was released in mid-December. You can read about the details of the Governor’s plan in last month’s Bulletin.

AWC staff will have a few minutes to outline our impressions of the Governor’s proposal, including the mostly good news for cities on shared revenues and marijuana revenue, and the not so good news regarding projects slated to be funded from the Public Works Trust Fund. This is the first step in the process for the Legislature to draft a new biennial budget. They will have the next three and one-half months to lay out their own plans for producing a balanced budget for fiscal years 2015-2017 and make another investment in K-12 education as required by the Washington Supreme Court in its McCleary decision. Stay tuned!

Categories: Budget & finance