Legislative Advocacy

19

Sep

2014

Ask Legislators about the Future of Revenue for your Local Budget

As you begin the process of developing your city or town’s budget, now is as good a time as any to ask your state legislators and legislative candidates some questions about how their actions in the upcoming legislative session will impact your city or town’s fiscal future.

19

Sep

2014

Online Lodging Tax Reporting Coming Soon

The 2013 legislation that maintained most uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, requires cities and counties with a lodging tax to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) instead of the Department of Commerce.
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Categories: Finance

19

Sep

2014

Stakeholders Continue to Discuss Voting Rights in Washington State

Shortly after a federal court ruled that the City of Yakima’s system for electing councilmembers violates the federal Voting Rights Act, a state legislator convened stakeholders to discuss an evolving legislative proposal for a Washington Voting Rights Act.

19

Sep

2014

Infrastructure Funds at Risk Again, the Time to Act is Now

Although the election is still six weeks away, state agencies are working on their budget requests to the Governor as part of the 2015-2017 biennial budget proposal.

19

Sep

2014

Did you get a Public Works Trust Fund Loan Between 1998 and 2008?

AWC has recently learned that cities who received PWTF loans between 1998 and 2008 are being asked by the Department of Commerce to agree to change the payment date for their loans from July 1 to June 1.

19

Sep

2014

Open for Business – A Look at Recreational Marijuana Industry Impacts

Almost two years after voters passed I-502, marijuana products are now being sold in retail outlets across the state.

19

Sep

2014

Labor Related Initiatives Proposed in Shelton, Sequim, and Chelan

Two petitions dealing with collective bargaining transparency were proposed in three of Washington’s cities.
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Categories: Personnel

19

Sep

2014

State Releases New Revenue Forecast

This week, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council met and released their latest quarterly report which shows very little new revenue to help balance the state’s next biennial budget.
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Categories: State budget

19

Sep

2014

Further Complicating Budget Deliberations, State Found in Contempt in McCleary v State Education Funding Case

On September 11, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court found the state in contempt for failure 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

19

Sep

2014

Protecting What We Have: Transportation Improvement Board

One of the most popular state programs among cities and urban counties is the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).

19

Sep

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

11

Sep

2014

Judge Says City Can Ban Recreational Marijuana Business

Last week, a Pierce County Superior Court Judge upheld the City of Fife’s ability to ban I-502 businesses.

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

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.
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