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

6

Jan

2017

Final report released by task force on local tax & licensing simplification

Over the past several months, we’ve been writing about the task force on local tax and licensing simplification created by the Legislature in 2016.

14

Dec

2016

Governor’s proposed state budget impacts cities

On December 14, Governor Inslee released his proposed operating, capital, and transportation budgets for the state’s two-year biennium beginning July 1, 2017.

14

Dec

2016

Governor’s proposed state operating budget released today

Late this morning, Governor Inslee released his proposal to fund state programs and services for the two-year biennium beginning July 1, 2017.

12

Dec

2016

Governor’s budget expected this week

By law, the Governor must release his proposal for a balanced state budget no later than December 20.

12

Dec

2016

Recommendations from the task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

After six months of meetings and significant negotiations between city and business representatives, the task force on local business tax and licensing simplification recently adopted its recommendations and is preparing to forward them to the Legislature by the end of this month.

12

Dec

2016

Marijuana industry beats revenue expectations again

Marijuana sales and tax revenues continue to beat expectations.

12

Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

31

Oct

2016

Legislative Bulletin – October 31, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

31

Oct

2016

Legislators to hear from task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

With just a few meetings remaining, the task force on local business tax and licensing simplification continues to look for areas of compromise between cities and businesses.

3

Oct

2016

Discussion continues on proposed changes to city business licensing authority

The task force on local business tax and licensing simplification continues to meet, and discussions still largely center on the simplification of city business licenses.

30

Sep

2016

L&I releases workers’ comp rates for 2017

Cities that are not self-insured pay insurance premiums for workers’ compensation to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

30

Sep

2016

Pension Funding Council adopts new rates

Last month, the Pension Funding Council adopted rates as proposed by the Select Committee on Pension Policy.

22

Jul

2016

Task force continues to discuss local business licensing and taxes

Representatives for cities, business, and the Department of Revenue continue to meet and discuss local business tax and licensing simplification.

22

Jul

2016

Pension committee discusses merger and rate increases

At a meeting last week, the Select Committee on Pension Policy discussed its study of a potential merger of the LEOFF 1 and TRS 1 retirement systems and potential rate increases.

17

Jun

2016

Update on local business tax and licensing simplification task force

The task force on local business tax and licensing simplification established by HB 2959 held its first meeting on Friday, May 27.
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