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

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 bill scheduled

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.

17

Mar

2017

New state revenue forecast positive

Last week, the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released its quarterly revenue forecast.

17

Mar

2017

Property tax bills scheduled for committee action

AWC priority bill HB 1764, which would link annual property tax limits to inflation and population growth, is scheduled to potentially move out of the House Finance Committee on Friday, March 24 at 8 am.

17

Mar

2017

City business license and tax bills heard last week

A city business license and tax proposal, EHB 2005, was heard in the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee last week.

10

Mar

2017

Hearings scheduled on latest versions of city business license and tax bills EHB 2005 and ESSB 5777

City business license and tax proposal EHB 2005 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee on Thursday, March 16 at 1:30 pm.

10

Mar

2017

One piece of McCleary education funding fix now in place

As legislators keep communicating, one of the primary issues this session will be resolving the McCleary funding issue.

10

Mar

2017

Lodging tax bill limiting city authority does not advance

SSB 5827, which AWC opposed, was not acted on by the Senate before the legislative cutoff on March 8.

10

Mar

2017

Lodging tax reporting due by March 15

The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) asked AWC to remind cities of the deadline for reporting of lodging expenditures for 2016.

10

Mar

2017

Fiscal flexibility bill continues to move

SHB 2006 passed the House on March 7.

10

Mar

2017

Homestead property tax exemption bill scheduled for hearing

HB 2115, a bill to expand the property tax homestead exemption, is scheduled for hearing in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, March 14, at 3:30 pm.

6

Mar

2017

Senate Ways & Means Committee making key decisions for drafting proposed budget

AWC recently sent an action alert to cities with Senators on the Ways & Means Committee or in leadership.

3

Mar

2017

City business license and tax bills EHB 2005 passes House and ESSB 5777 passes Senate

City business license and tax proposal EHB 2005 passed the House with a vote of 96-2.
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