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Dec

2017

Governor releases 2018 supplemental budget proposal

On December 14, Governor Inslee released his proposed supplemental budget to the adopted FY 2017-2019 budget.

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Dec

2017

Apportionment workgroup

On December 12 a task force of city and business representatives met to review the two-factor apportionment formula for service-income for local B&O taxes.

15

Dec

2017

Business license workgroup

The city workgroup developing the city business license model threshold under EHB 2005 met again on December 7 to continue its work to develop a model threshold that all cities with business licenses will be required to adopt by January 1, 2019.

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Nov

2017

Public records performance metrics in HB 1594 – JLARC guidance now available for data reporting by July 2018

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests.

13

Nov

2017

Control of the state Senate shifts – How might it impact cities?

Following a special election in the Seattle suburbs last week, Senate Democrats regained the majority by one vote after five years of Republican control.

13

Nov

2017

Workgroup reviewing Washington’s civil asset forfeiture laws

Leaders in the House Democratic and Republican caucuses have initiated an informal workgroup to review the state’s laws on civil asset forfeiture.

13

Nov

2017

Capital budget remains locked up

Unfortunately, we do not have promising news to report on the capital budget front.

13

Nov

2017

Public records performance metrics in HB 1594 – Guidance expected soon

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests.

13

Nov

2017

Business license workgroup

The city workgroup developing the city business license model threshold required to be completed by July 1, 2018 under EHB 2005 has continued to meet.

13

Nov

2017

Business license portal participation

EHB 2005 requires all cities with business licenses to partner with either the state’s online business license service for business license administration by 2027 or the city-operated FileLocal system for local tax and license administration by 2020.

13

Nov

2017

Apportionment workgroup

The final workgroup created by EHB 2005 is a task force of city and business representatives to evaluate the two-factor apportionment formula for service-income for local B&O taxes and to recommend changes to RCW 35.102.130 by November 2018.

13

Nov

2017

Streamlined sales tax studies

EHB 2163 imposes new requirements on more out-of-state internet retailers to collect sales tax or report customer sales, and notify customers for use tax purposes.

13

Nov

2017

City leaders present at rural jobs summit

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) held a rural jobs summit in Moses Lake to discuss the rural economy.

13

Nov

2017

"State bank" task force to produce report by the end of the year

The 2017 Legislature established a task force on public infrastructure and a publicly-owned depository to explore the scope of financial needs for local governments for constructing public infrastructure and to examine the feasibility of creating a publicly-owned depository, i.e. “state bank.”

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Nov

2017

Innovations and Partnerships in Transportation Conference is December 5 in Tacoma

The Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting its Innovations and Partnerships in Transportation Conference on Tuesday, December 5, in Tacoma.
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