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16

Jun

2017

Priority property tax bill

AWC priority bill HB 1764 is another option in end-of-session budget negotiations.

16

Jun

2017

Cities support marketplace fairness and graduated REET in revenue proposals

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

16

Jun

2017

More examples of impacts if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30

The state has been communicating about its contingency plan for what would happen if a budget is not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1, which has never occurred before in our state.

8

Jun

2017

Now is a critical time to weigh in to protect infrastructure funding and other vital city priorities

Legislators still have not come to agreement on operating and capital budgets, nor have they addressed key outstanding policy issues that are important to cities and towns.

2

Jun

2017

Internet sales – city impacts of State Marketplace Fairness Act

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of the Marketplace Fairness Act requiring sales tax collections or reporting of customers for use taxes by internet retailers.

2

Jun

2017

Property tax bill expected to be in play in budget negotiations

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

2

Jun

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions

One of the issues that remains part of the budget negotiations is a change to the distribution formula for Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions in the Senate-proposed budget.

30

May

2017

What does it mean for cities if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30?

In 2015, the state faced similar budget gridlock and made a contingency plan for what would happen if a budget was not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1.

19

May

2017

What does it mean for cities if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30?

In 2015, the state faced similar budget gridlock and made a contingency plan for what would happen if a budget was not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1.

19

May

2017

DOR local government partnership meetings

The Department of Revenue is hosting its annual meetings with local governments to connect with department staff and other jurisdictions.

8

May

2017

Senate hearing on revenue bill

Last week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee took testimony on SB 5929, a companion revenue proposal to HB 2186 heard a few weeks ago.

5

May

2017

Governor signs business license streamlining bill

Last week the Governor signed EHB 2005 into law. The law takes effect on July 23, 2017.

5

May

2017

City letter on importance of Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions

The cities that are impacted by changes to the distribution formula for Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions in the Senate-proposed budget sent a letter last week to Senators opposing the changes.

5

May

2017

Department of Revenue local government partnership meetings

The Department of Revenue is hosting its annual meetings to provide an opportunity for local governments to learn about tax law changes, share information, connect with the department staff, and help plan future tools to enhance local tax administration and communication.

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.”
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