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

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.

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.
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