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

28

Apr

2016

Public Works Trust Fund and Model Toxics Control Accounts face uncertain futures

What looked like a quiet year going into 2016 proved to be anything but when the final bell tolled on the session.

4

Apr

2016

Final budget lays out cuts to toxic cleanups and stormwater projects and assistance

One of the biggest challenges facing the legislature this year on the capital budget side was a significant drop in available revenues in the Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA).

14

Mar

2016

Final blow to Public Works Trust Fund imminent without your voice

This is your last chance to tell legislators that cities need the state's partnership to fund local infrastructure and the critical Public Works Trust Fund.

11

Mar

2016

REET flexibility fix heads to the Governor

The House concurred last Tuesday on HB 2971, Rep. Joan McBride’s (D-Kirkland) bill to address inadvertent consequences of the larger Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) flexibility bill from last year.

29

Feb

2016

Majority of Senate votes to restore PWTF cut, but amendment still fails

In a bit of a surprise, a majority of the Senate voted to restore the latest $10 million sweep of the Public Works Trust Fund that was proposed in the Senate budget.

26

Feb

2016

House and Senate capital budgets address MTCA shortfall differently

House Democrats and Senate Republicans both released their proposed supplemental capital budgets on February 24.

12

Feb

2016

Huge decline in MTCA revenues means stormwater assistance and toxic cleanup projects in danger

The fiscal crisis facing the Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA) came into sharper relief this week with the release of a new revenue forecast on February 17.

5

Feb

2016

Bill cuts stormwater assistance funds for cities

AWC testified in opposition to SB 6570 from Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), but thanked the sponsor and committee chair for his efforts to find a resolution to the major revenue shortfall in the toxic cleanup and prevention accounts known as MTCA.

5

Feb

2016

Possible fix for REET flexibility bill from last year

AWC has been working with realtors, counties and affordable housing advocates to try and reach agreement on addressing unintended consequences of the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) flexibility bill that was passed last year, EHB 2122.

29

Jan

2016

Proposal for infrastructure financing tool reemerges in the Senate

Last session Sen. Keiser (D-Kent) brought forward a proposal SB 5624 aimed at improving access to low-cost market financing for local infrastructure projects through credit enhancements and pooling.

17

Dec

2015

Help AWC identify barriers to local infrastructure investment

Last week many Bulletin readers received a request from AWC to participate in our infrastructure survey via email.

31

Jul

2015

Mixed bag on infrastructure this session – much accomplished but still a lot to do

Your favorite flavor of infrastructure might be the most important determinant of how you feel the legislative session turned out.

24

Apr

2015

Budget negotiators will need to resolve different approaches on Public Works Trust Fund

The Public Works Trust Fund is a critical infrastructure loan program and should be maintained as an ongoing and reliable source of funding for local infrastructure.

8

Apr

2015

Senate capital budget released

The Senate released and heard their capital budget proposal Wednesday, April 8.

30

Mar

2015

Unexpected deficit balance of Public Works Assistance Account means it cannot absorb any further sweeps

AWC recently received some alarming news from the staff of the Public Works Board (PWB).
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