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

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).

13

Mar

2015

Proposal for new water infrastructure program would sweep Public Works Trust Fund

The large water infrastructure package to create significant funding for water supply, flood control and stormwater, that AWC has been following all year is potentially taking a serious turn for the worse.

6

Mar

2015

Water and sewer latecomer fee authority passes Senate

In a 38-10 vote the Senate passed SSB 5795 sponsored by Sen. Roach (R-Auburn) and promoted by AWC that provides cities the authority to independently undertake water and sewer investments and be the sole beneficiary of latecomer repayments.

13

Feb

2015

Status report coming into cutoff week

In the environmental and land use arenas it has been a busy five weeks of session.

6

Feb

2015

Revision of latecomer fees for water and sewer infrastructure

HB 1911, supported by AWC and a number of our member cities would provide a new tool for cities to finance water and sewer infrastructure.

6

Feb

2015

REET flexibility bill gets hearing

HB 1789, sponsored by Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), is being heard on Tuesday, February 10 at 10 am in the House Local Government Committee.

6

Feb

2015

Changes to Public Works Board membership and process proposed

The Public Works Board has introduced legislation regarding administration of the public works assistance account (HB 1959).
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