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

6

Mar

2015

City voices are crucial as session passes halfway mark

Midpoint through the 2015 session, legislators are winding down floor debates as they decide which bills to pass over to the other chamber for continued consideration.

2

Mar

2015

Legislature will debate policy bills on the floor over the next ten days – then home for Town Hall meetings

After spending the first seven weeks of session sifting and sorting through hundreds of bills, legislators’ attention now shifts to leadership, who will decide which policy bills are worth debating and which will be sent to the other chamber.

23

Feb

2015

Hundreds of city officials hit Olympia to hear if shared revenues are safe

Last week, city officials converged upon Olympia from all 49 legislative districts to learn whether or not leaders have a plan to balance the state’s budget without again dipping in to liquor funds and the Public Works Assistance Account, which help cities address public safety and infrastructure demands.

13

Feb

2015

As a slew of city friendly and unfriendly bills reach critical cutoff – hometown voices need to weigh in

Within our weekly Legislative Bulletin over the past five weeks of this 15 week legislative session, AWC has reported on more than 120 bills covering a wide range of topic areas impacting cities and towns – in ways both positive and negative.

6

Feb

2015

A debate that might help build bridges to craft a budget?

AWC’s 2015 priorities are primarily about protecting and enhancing the fiscal sustainability of cities.

30

Jan

2015

Legislators asked to support strong cities and they seem to be listening – just not acting yet!

When discussing AWC’s fiscal sustainability-focused 2015 Action Agenda, legislators’ reactions seem to have evolved from a year ago when many, even sympathetic ones, responded with, “You can’t be serious when we can’t even sufficiently fund the state’s needs.”

23

Jan

2015

City needs are bringing legislators together

Declaring “this is the year we move forward on local government,” Reps. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) and Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee) filmed this message for you.

16

Jan

2015

Might bi-partisanship succeed?

Last night dozens of Washington’s mayors gathered in Olympia to exchange leadership ideas and talk with legislators at a casual reception hosted by AWC.

9

Jan

2015

Curtain rises on multi-act Olympia drama

147 legislators return to the Capitol next week to take their places next to the Governor in a performance expected to last at least 105 days.

19

Dec

2014

Governor rolls out initiatives and takes first step in long budget process

Governor Inslee rolled out a series of initiatives this week, one each day, culminating in the release of his proposed budget on Thursday.

18

Nov

2014

No Cakewalk for AWC’s 2015 Legislative Agenda

It should be no surprise that legislators returning to Olympia on January 12 will face very difficult choices on what, and what not, to fund.

17

Oct

2014

2015 Legislative Priorities Aim to Keep Cities Strong

When the 2015 legislature convenes on January 12, AWC’s legislative agenda and priorities will be but one of many the Governor and legislators will be urged to address.

19

Sep

2014

Ask Legislators about the Future of Revenue for your Local Budget

As you begin the process of developing your city or town’s budget, now is as good a time as any to ask your state legislators and legislative candidates some questions about how their actions in the upcoming legislative session will impact your city or town’s fiscal future.

8

Aug

2014

Summer Winds Down, but the Heat Stays On

In Olympia, it is difficult during the lazy days of summer to get a sense of the underlying tension brewing as the anticipated showdown over K-12 school funding between the State Supreme Court and legislative branch draws closer.

8

Jul

2014

Operation: Strong Cities. Take Action Now.

AWC exists to help you have, and maintain the authorities and resources you need to serve and keep your communities vibrant.
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