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Published on Friday, April 10, 2015

AWC priority liquor bill gets hearing

One of AWC’s top priorities for this legislative session is to restore the growth in city and county liquor profits. In 2012, the Legislature capped local distributions from the liquor revolving fund at $49.4 million annually. HB 1517 reinstates the historic, long-standing distribution formula of 50% to the state, 40% to cities, and 10% to counties. This would provide cities with an estimated $20 million in additional revenue in the state’s 2015-17 biennium, and $27 million in the 2017-19 biennium.

Late evening Monday, April 6, the bill was scheduled to be heard the following morning at 9 am in the House Appropriations Committee. As luck would have it, AWC President Francis Benjamin and Vice President Paul Roberts were already planning to be in Olympia and were able to testify about the importance of reinstating the growth in this long standing revenue source for cities.

Check out what they said and then ask your Representatives to move the bill from committee.

More information is available in AWC’s Maintain & Restore Shared Revenue fact sheet.