Legislative Advocacy

14

Aug

2014

Court Decision on Pension Cases Released

Today the State Supreme Court released two decisions in related cases upholding the Legislature’s actions that repealed gain-sharing and eliminated automatic COLA increases for some retirees.

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Categories: Personnel

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

Aug

2014

Take Action – Operation Strong Cities

Read about the specifics of what you and your city can do to participate and make a difference.
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Categories: Take Action

8

Aug

2014

Briefing from EPA on the "Waters of the United States" Rulemaking

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee meeting on Protecting America’s Waters, will be held next Wednesday August 13 in Tacoma.

8

Aug

2014

Significant Hearing Scheduled for September 3 in McCleary v State Education Funding Case

In an unusual move on June 12, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court scheduled a hearing for September 3 requiring the state to show cause why it should not be found in contempt and subject to sanctions for failing to comply with the January 2014 Court Order requiring “a complete plan for fully implementing its program of basic education for each school year between now and the 2017-18 school year.”
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Categories: State budget

8

Aug

2014

Department of Ecology Seeks Comments for Crude by Rail Study

Last session, the Legislature directed the Department of Ecology, the Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the State Emergency Management Division to analyze the risks associated with transporting crude oil through the state, by rail and by vessel, and to report back to the Legislature and the Governor.

8

Aug

2014

Transportation Commission Releases Draft Plan for Public Comment

The Washington Transportation Commission has released the Draft Washington Transportation Plan 2035 (WTP 2035).

8

Aug

2014

2nd Annual Labor and Employer Summit – September 10

AWC is again partnering with the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs on a joint effort to foster trust and communication between city management and police and fire unions.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Aug

2014

AG Intervenes in Marijuana Lawsuits

Everyone knew that at some point there would be legal challenges in regard to the legalization of marijuana.

8

Aug

2014

Public Works Board Approves 2016 Construction Loan List

This afternoon (Friday, August 8) the Public Works Board approved the 2016 construction loan.

8

Aug

2014

More Stories of Infrastructure: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

AWC is rolling out stories from across the state as part of our efforts to draw attention to the need to restore funding for local infrastructure.

8

Aug

2014

Continued Work on City Finance

In response to a request from the House Finance Committee, AWC submitted a list of ideas that could help improve city fiscal conditions.
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Categories: Finance

30

Jul

2014

Pension Funding Council Makes New Rate Recommendation

In response to new demographic projections from the State Actuary that show retirees living longer, the Pension Funding Council voted to increase pension rates.
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Categories: Personnel

11

Jul

2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Approach on Major Water Quality Standards – the "Fish Consumption" Issue

Yesterday afternoon Governor Inslee announced a new approach on the contentious water quality standards update commonly referred to as the “fish consumption” rule.

9

Jul

2014

AWC Perspective on Retail Marijuana – Most Important is Local Control

On Tuesday, the media captured images of the first retail marijuana transactions in the State.
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