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

20

May

2016

Task force to consider city business licensing simplification

The task force on local business tax and licensing simplification established by HB 2959 will have its first meeting this week.

28

Apr

2016

2016 budget process a sign of challenges to come in 2017

2016 was set to be a short 60-day legislative session.

28

Apr

2016

Disappointing session for municipal finance issues

While the enacted state budget ultimately provided full funding of state revenues distributed to cities, such as liquor taxes and city-county assistance, the 2016 legislative session brought no real consideration of ways to ensure the fiscal sustainability of cities.

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.

29

Mar

2016

AWC state budget alert

Late Monday evening, the House and Senate released their proposed operating budget compromise, and this morning the capital budget proposal was released.

14

Mar

2016

Latest budget proposal sweeps more city revenue

On the first day of the special legislative session, Friday, March 11, the Senate released a revised supplemental operating budget proposal.

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.

11

Mar

2016

Proposal establishing task force on local business tax & licensing simplification passes both chambers

Last week the House and Senate passed HB 2959, which establishes a task force to evaluate options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification.

4

Mar

2016

Last chance to weigh in on the state budget

It’s the final week of session. The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of a supplemental operating budget, and budget negotiations are underway.

4

Mar

2016

Redirecting certain lodging tax revenue to statewide tourism funding

Last week we were surprised by the introduction of a bill, SB 6672, which would limit city authority to impose a lodging tax on the short-term rental of residential dwellings and timeshares.

4

Mar

2016

Senate passes amended proposal to establish task force on local business tax and licensing simplification

On Friday, the Senate passed an amended version of the bill establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend options to continue local business tax (B&O) and licensing simplification, HB 2959.

29

Feb

2016

State operating budget recap and what’s at risk for cities

Last week was all about supplemental budgets, and the programs and revenue that cities rely on are at risk.

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

Proposal allowing a private entity to conduct audits and establish an appeal process fails to advance

The bill allowing cities to seek an audit by a private entity and establishing an appeals or dispute process for findings by the State Auditor, HB 2148, failed to move out of the Senate Accountability & Reform Committee by Friday’s deadline and appears to be dead for the session.
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