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

24

Jan

2014

Legislators asked to remove barriers to strong cities – We need your help!

When discussing AWC’s revenue-focused 2014 Action Agenda, legislators’ reactions vary from strong support and sympathy to “you can’t be serious when we can’t even sufficiently fund the state’s needs.”

17

Jan

2014

Where does AWC’s Action Agenda fit among dueling legislative agendas?

As legislators returned this week to Olympia for the start of a new session, all 147 gathered in the House chamber to take in the Governor’s State of the State address.

10

Jan

2014

The 2014 Session: Hold steady and get ready for 2015 – what’s at stake for cities?

At a press briefing on January 9, Governor Inslee used the phrase “hold steady, get ready” to characterize his view that the upcoming legislative session is one during where not much is likely to happen.

12

Dec

2013

2014 Legislative session just a month away

The happiest of holidays to you! Amidst your holiday activities and year-end projects, a critical responsibility of city officials is to advocate for both AWC’s and your city priorities prior to and during the upcoming state legislative session.

14

Nov

2013

Legislators in and out of Olympia – back again November 21 and 22

When Governor Inslee called legislators back to Olympia for a Special Session starting November 7, he and several others hoped they would address both a package to secure a commitment from Boeing to assemble its 777x jetliner in Washington, as well as adopt a $10 billion+ transportation package.

6

Nov

2013

Governor calls Special Legislative Session

In an announcement surprising many, Governor Inslee called legislators back to Olympia starting tomorrow, November 7, for a special session lasting for no more than 30 days.

4

Oct

2013

2014 Legislative priorities aim to re-set the city/state partnership

AWC’s Board of Directors met September 13 and adopted a focused set of four priorities for the upcoming 2014 session.

3

Sep

2013

AWC retooling your priorities for 2014 legislative session

There’s a chance legislators will be back at the Capitol in late November to address new transportation revenue for state and local projects (see more here), but we know for certain they’ll be back in early January for what’s hoped to be a short 60-day session.

12

Jul

2013

Long and grueling session(s)

Same question remains that we asked at the end of 2012: Has the state-city partnership been altered permanently?

The answer to that question is – maybe. More on that later.

3

Jul

2013

2013 Legislative Sessions wrap just in time to start work for 2014

If it seems like the Fourth of July is upon us and we just finished the 2013 session, that’s because we did.

28

Jun

2013

State balances budget in part by slashing close to a quarter of a billion dollars for cities

The Association of Washington Cities is extremely disappointed to learn that state budget negotiators have apparently decided to slash close to one quarter of a billion dollars in key infrastructure and public safety funds for cities.

21

Jun

2013

Prelude to wrapping up a deal and going home - finally

All signs point to legislators and the Governor agreeing on a state operating budget before July 1. 

14

Jun

2013

No budget yet, but maybe a glimmer of hope?

The 30-day special session clock ran out June 11 and legislators have begun their next special session during which they must adopt a state operating budget.

7

Jun

2013

Budget stalemate broken?

Earlier in the week, House Democrats unveiled a new operating budget they characterized as a compromise designed to finish their work and adjourn the Special Session on time – June 11.

31

May

2013

Wait, watch, listen and speak: special session issues still need city input

After two weeks of mostly behind-closed-doors meetings among leadership and administration officials, there are few signs of agreement on a state operating budget or transportation revenue package.
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