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

26

Feb

2016

Senate committee moves proposal to establish task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

On February 24, the Senate Trade & Economic Development voted a substitute version of HB 2959 out of committee.

26

Feb

2016

House and Senate capital budgets address MTCA shortfall differently

House Democrats and Senate Republicans both released their proposed supplemental capital budgets on February 24.

24

Feb

2016

Cuts to city programs and revenue in Senate proposed budget

On Monday, the House released its proposed supplemental operating budget proposal. Today it was the Senate’s turn.

24

Feb

2016

Proposed Senate Supplemental Budget zeroes out MRSC by July 1

The Senate Ways and Means Chair released his proposed supplemental budget with adjustments for the remainder of the 2015-17 biennium.

23

Feb

2016

House Democrats release supplemental budget proposal

As expected, the House Democrats released their supplemental budget proposal yesterday afternoon.

19

Feb

2016

What we know about the next state budget proposal and where to get updates

We are expecting the next supplemental operating budget proposal from the House shortly after noon on Monday, February 22.

19

Feb

2016

Task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

The bill establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend legislation and options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification, HB 2959, passed the House of Representatives with a 93-4 vote last week.

19

Feb

2016

Allowing audits to be conducted by a private entity

Last week the House of Representatives passed an amended version of HB 2148, concerning the State Auditor allowing audits to be conducted by a private entity.

19

Feb

2016

Reducing the frequency of local sales tax changes

The House passed a bill that would reduce the frequency of local sales tax changes.

12

Feb

2016

State budget update

With the 2016 legislative session more than half over, you may have noticed that we haven’t seen a supplemental budget proposal since the Governor released his in the middle of December.

12

Feb

2016

Gradually restoring local liquor revenue

As the deadline for bills to move from committee passed, AWC’s priority bills to gradually restore local liquor revenue, HB 2438 and SB 6425, remain in the fiscal committees of their respective chambers.

12

Feb

2016

Update on proposal to cap water and sewer utility taxes

In previous editions of the Legislative Bulletin, we wrote about SB 6115, a proposal to cap the city utility tax rate on water and sewer businesses at six percent.

5

Feb

2016

Proposal establishes task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

The House Finance Committee is expected to move HB 2959, establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend legislation and options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification.

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

Cities show support for restoring local liquor revenue

This week AWC’s priority bills to gradually restore local liquor revenue, HB 2438/SB 6425, were each heard in committee.
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