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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

27

Mar

2017

House proposed operating budget release today following last week’s passage of the Senate operating budget 25-24 – with good/bad news for cities

Here is a quick comparison of the key city impacts from the Senate budget passed on a partisan vote last week, and what is proposed in the House Democrats budget unveiled this afternoon, which is likely to be acted upon by Friday.

24

Mar

2017

State budget alert: Senate Majority Coalition Caucus proposed budget released today

Today, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released their proposed budget for 2017-19.

17

Mar

2017

Senate budget impact on cities coming mid-week, so get ready!

We’re about to know how the Senate budget writers view longstanding partnerships with cities.

10

Mar

2017

What to expect on city priorities, budget, and policy in the coming weeks

March 8 was a critical deadline to move policy bills from one chamber to the other.

6

Mar

2017

Cities told budget will be devastatingly gloomy – Tell your Senator why cities matter

Why now? There’s at least $210 million in city revenue sharing funds susceptible to the budget ax as Senate budget writers work behind closed doors to craft their budget proposal.

27

Feb

2017

Focus on floor action until March 8 – add your voice now on key bills

The crop of policy bills poised for consideration in either the House or Senate has narrowed down.

17

Feb

2017

What 350+ city officials heard in Olympia

During gatherings both on and off the Capitol campus, officials from 114 cities and towns heard some promising and not so promising news.

10

Feb

2017

Policy bills face a key deadline this Friday

Legislators have until week’s end to consider and move bills out of policy committees or the fate of those left behind diminish greatly.

3

Feb

2017

Education funding bills start to frame the budget debate, which will reveal the fate of city shared revenues and key programs

Last week on a 25-24 party line vote, the Senate debated and passed a plan to fund K-12 education.

27

Jan

2017

AWC priority policy bills on the move

Entering week four of an (at least) 15-week legislative session, a number of AWC priority bills have been introduced.

20

Jan

2017

Inside advice from legislators who’ve been in your shoes

Meeting in the Capitol Building last week, nearly 90 mayors, managers and administrators from around the state were treated to a display of straight talk from their former peers.

13

Jan

2017

Seven principles guide our work as we represent your state budget interests

With so much attention on legislators finding agreement on both a biennial operating budget and a long-term plan to fund K-12 education, AWC’s Board of Directors recently updated the principles we use to guide how we assess and articulate city and town needs during this process.

6

Jan

2017

Over at least the next 15 weeks, we will keep you informed and at crucial times, will ask for your help

The 105-day 2017 legislative session is now underway. Over the coming weeks, legislators and Governor Inslee will consider, debate, and ultimately decide how to invest in our collective future.

12

Dec

2016

How might a closely divided Legislature help or hinder AWC’s 2017 agenda?

As legislators prepare to start their session on January 9, they come back to several looming challenges in addition to K-12 education funding.

12

Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.
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