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Published on Friday, January 23, 2015

City needs are bringing legislators together

Declaring “this is the year we move forward on local government,” Reps. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) and Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee) filmed this message for you. In it, they appeal to city officials and explain how you can help what they, and others in the House, are doing to provide tools to get communities back on their feet.  The legislators reflect on how they and 30 or more other House members came to realize that great schools can’t thrive without great communities, and that there are several bi-partisan common ground solutions they will promote to help cities thrive.

Their efforts and enthusiasm are mirrored across the capitol rotunda where Sens. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) and Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) are working to band together their colleagues in a similar fashion.

These collective efforts on behalf of cities and counties are unprecedented, but not by accident. These legislators and their colleagues have heard from city and county officials around the state over the past months. The need for action on things like shared liquor and marijuana revenue needed for public safety, infrastructure funding to maintain and enhance economic vitality, and respect for local control are resonating.

Hearing about, and organizing to act on these needs, is one thing. Following through can be very difficult, especially with all of the other budget and policy issues facing them and their colleagues. With two weeks of a fifteen-week legislative session under their belts, legislators are beginning to focus in on their own priorities and deciding how and where to channel their energy. That’s why Reps. Reykdal and Condotta have asked you to help now – either from home or when you come to Olympia.

  • If you haven’t already, contact your own legislators in the next few days.
  • Share that there’s this quite amazing bi-partisan thing happening at the Capitol.
  • If they’re a part of the new Local Government Champions Caucus, thank and encourage them!
  • If they’re not, encourage them to become part of it by contacting leads in their Caucus (Reps. Reykdal(D)/Condotta(R) and Sens. Rivers(R)/Mullet(D)).

AWC’s success this session will be measured by the progress we can achieve on the issues these Champions are promoting. Having them on our side and in the lead only works with support and encouragement from home!