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

17

Dec

2015

Airbnb now collecting sales and lodging taxes in Washington State

Washington State recently reached an agreement with Airbnb to collect sales and lodging taxes from Washington property owners advertising on its site.

17

Dec

2015

Changes to amusement & recreational activities taxes

HB 1550 amended the definition of a retail sale for recreational services and the operation of athletic and fitness facilities beginning January 1, 2016.

17

Dec

2015

L&I adopts workers’ comp rate increases for 2016

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced its workers’ compensation rate increases in September and formally adopted the rates this month.

2

Dec

2015

Top five advocacy achievements for cities in 2015

The 2015 legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership.

16

Nov

2015

AWC Ad Hoc Committee on Municipal Finance considers the future of city fiscal sustainability

One of AWC’s major priorities to ensure sufficient and flexible revenue for essential city services.

16

Oct

2015

Marijuana revenue distribution errors & clarifications

It has come to AWC’s attention that a small number of cities who should have received marijuana revenue distributions in late September did not.

17

Aug

2015

Local government audit rate increases

The Washington State Auditor's Office will adjust its local government hourly billing rate from the current $88.50 to $93.00, effective January 1, 2016.

31

Jul

2015

State budget wrap up

The long 2015 legislative session included efforts to retain state-shared revenues and provide new tools to local governments.

12

Jun

2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8.

5

Jun

2015

Update on new House and Senate operating budget proposals

As the first special legislative session concluded and the second special session began, the House Democrats and Senate Republicans each released revised budget proposals, which are being referred to as versions 2.0 in Olympia.

5

Jun

2015

House committee expected to move revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

In mid-April, we reported on HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties.

24

Apr

2015

City liquor revenue in play during special session

As the special session begins, you may be wondering how much to expect in city liquor revenue over the next few years.

17

Apr

2015

House Finance Committee hears city and county fiscal sustainability bill

On Friday, April 17, the House Finance Committee heard a proposed substitute version of HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties.

10

Apr

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.

3

Apr

2015

House, Senate consider budget proposals – shared revenue and the Public Works Trust Fund at risk

The House and Senate have each released, heard, and debated their own budgets.
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