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

23

May

2016

Questions about cities posed to all legislative candidates

As AWC did two years ago during elections for the State Legislature, we’re asking each of the 301 candidates who have filed to run for the Legislature to answer five key questions about keeping cities strong.

28

Apr

2016

2016 session recap: Several disappointments for cities, the Governor’s vetoes help, and trouble on the horizon for 2017

The state and local governments used to work together to solve problems.

18

Apr

2016

AWC state budget update

On Monday, April 18 the Governor took action on the supplemental operating budget passed by the Legislature on March 29.

4

Apr

2016

2016 legislative session ends

Nineteen days past their scheduled 60 days, the Legislature concluded the 2016 session on Wednesday, March 29, after passing supplemental budgets that again drained some important city resources.

28

Mar

2016

Legislators may finally wrap up their overtime work

Budget writers and legislative leaders from each caucus are close to a budget agreement and may announce details as early as this afternoon.

21

Mar

2016

Clock ticking for legislators to wrap up work and not damage city interests

House and Senate budget negotiators continue discussions behind closed doors and may or may not have something for all legislators to consider by week’s end.

14

Mar

2016

In legislative overtime, budget writers look again to divert important city revenues

Legislators failed to reach agreement on supplemental operating and capital budgets during their 60-day regular session.

4

Mar

2016

Join AWC leaders today in asking legislators to fully fund city priorities!

As both sides of the Capitol rotunda face a March 10 deadline to negotiate supplemental operating, capital, and transportation budgets, AWC leadership from both sides of the state asked them to address key city fiscal needs.

29

Feb

2016

City priorities caught or ignored in Senate/House budget showdown

House Democrats passed a budget late last week that doesn’t damage city interests, but in order to preserve city priorities and address their priorities, it relies on a mixture of using reserves and closing some tax exemptions.

19

Feb

2016

Legislative session homestretch: Which city issues are still alive?

Slated to end on March 10, we’re more than halfway through session, and most policy bills of concern to cities have stopped moving and only a few of our priorities remain in play – barely.

12

Feb

2016

Threading through what looks like partisan bickering

If you’ve followed Olympia happenings this past week, it seems like legislators aren’t getting along with one another, and several are not getting along with the Governor.

5

Feb

2016

Session midpoint – tracking priorities and problems

February 8 is day 29 of a 60-day session scheduled to end March 10.

29

Jan

2016

Strong city voices and presence at the Capitol

More than 300 city officials stormed the Capitol over a two-day period last week during City Action Days to tell legislators that their partnership and help is needed and appreciated.

22

Jan

2016

AWC bills with bipartisan support make their moves

One hundred forty-seven legislators, many of whom are positioning for re-election, don’t have much time in this short 60-day session to get their priorities addressed.

15

Jan

2016

Visible presence of cities at the Capitol kicks off week one

Entering week two of an eight-plus-week legislative session, a number of key AWC and city issues have already begun to be considered.
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