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

21

Apr

2017

Impacts of State Marketplace Fairness Act on cities

One of the provisions of the House revenue bill HB 2186 includes a state version of long-time AWC federal legislative priority, a state version of “marketplace fairness.”

21

Apr

2017

Business license streamlining bill passes

The House voted on final passage of EHB 2005 last week, and it is headed to the Governor for signature.

14

Apr

2017

Business license bill passes Senate

EHB 2005 passed the Senate unanimously last week.

14

Apr

2017

Fiscal flexibility bill did not pass

SHB 2006 did not pass the Senate before the legislative cutoff and is likely considered dead for the session.

14

Apr

2017

Data on impacts of House and Senate education funding proposals

The House and Senate budgets assumed very different approaches to education funding reform.

7

Apr

2017

House revenue proposal related to House budget moves out of committee

HB 2186, the House revenue proposal released in conjunction with the House proposed budget passed out of the House Finance Committee last week with a few amendments placing sunset dates and on new taxes and reporting requirements on tax preferences related to B&O and REET.

7

Apr

2017

Business license bills ready for possible action

EHB 2005 was moved out of the Senate Rules Committee and is ready for possible floor action.

31

Mar

2017

House revenue proposal scheduled for hearing

In the House Democrats’ 2017-19 state operating budget proposal released on March 27, the $44.6 billion proposal relies on approximately $1.5 billion in new revenue to help address the McCleary funding decision and fund other program needs.

31

Mar

2017

House passes their operating budget - Negotiations with Senate will begin

The House budget was released and passed on a partisan vote last week. Negotiations will now begin between the House and Senate to reconcile differences in their approaches.

31

Mar

2017

Property tax and flexibility bills move out of committee

AWC priority bill HB 1764, would change the annual property tax limit from one percent to a limit linked to inflation and population growth.

31

Mar

2017

Business license bills amended

EHB 2005 moved out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee last week with another amendment to change the timeline to phase in cities partnering with the business licensing system from 10 years to five years, if funding is appropriated.

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.

24

Mar

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distribution formula changed in Senate budget – Impacts 44 cities

In a proposal similar to one in last year’s budget proposal that was vetoed by the Governor, the Senate proposed budget changes the distribution formula for 2017-19 and the intent to change it for 2019-21 for the 44 cities and two fire districts that receive distributions for their pre-LEOFF firefighters’ pension fund and LEOFF 1 medical costs.

24

Mar

2017

Business license bills keep moving

EHB 2005 moved out of the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee last week with a few amendments that AWC generally supported.

24

Mar

2017

Tax exemption bills

HB 1894, which would reinstate tax preferences for certain high-technology research and development, is scheduled for hearing in the House Finance Committee on Thursday, March 30 at 8 am.
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