Legislative Advocacy

19

Dec

2014

Governor rolls out initiatives and takes first step in long budget process

Governor Inslee rolled out a series of initiatives this week, one each day, culminating in the release of his proposed budget on Thursday.

19

Dec

2014

Governor releases budget proposal

On Thursday, Governor Inslee released his operating budget proposal for the 2015-17 biennium, which funds state operations from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

19

Dec

2014

Misdemeanor Public Defense Cost workgroup wraps up, presents findings and recommendations to House Judiciary committee

The Misdemeanor Public Defense Cost workgroup, who met throughout 2014, wrapped up its work in early December and presented findings and recommendations to the House Judiciary committee.

19

Dec

2014

OFM releases analysis of statewide correctional needs

The Legislature directed the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to conduct an analysis of statewide adult correctional needs, including how operational costs are incurred among local governments.

19

Dec

2014

Use caution when hiring or contracting with retirees

Following media coverage of retirees returning to work in highly paid public positions, the Washington Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) reviewed the contracts between 374 public employers and retirees working as independent contractors.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Dec

2014

Governor Releases Transportation Revenue Proposal

On December 16, at a press conference overlooking the 520 bridge, Governor Inslee unveiled a 12-year, $12 billion transportation plan.

3

Dec

2014

AWC Federal Action Alert on Marketplace Fairness

After 10 years of work by state and local leaders, the Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support earlier this year.

18

Nov

2014

No Cakewalk for AWC’s 2015 Legislative Agenda

It should be no surprise that legislators returning to Olympia on January 12 will face very difficult choices on what, and what not, to fund.

18

Nov

2014

Save the Date! Mayors Exchange

Mayors from across the state will converge in Olympia at the end of the first week of the 2015 legislative session.

18

Nov

2014

Get Ready for Online Lodging Tax Reporting

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.

18

Nov

2014

House Finance Committee Meets Again to Discuss City and County Fiscal Challenges

As reported in a previous Bulletin, AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) have been working this interim with the House Finance Committee on ideas that could help improve city fiscal conditions.

18

Nov

2014

Cities Suggest Changes to the Public Records Act, Sunshine Committee Agrees

During its October 28, 2014, meeting the Washington State Sunshine Committee considered two changes to the Public Records Act (PRA).

18

Nov

2014

Governor’s Drone Task Force Sees Draft Legislation

Governor’s Inslee’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or better known as drones, Task Force convened on November 10, to review a first draft of proposed legislation slated for the 2015 legislative session.

18

Nov

2014

The Ugly Truth: Infrastructure Investment Video

As part of Operation: Strong Cities, we have been asking cities and towns to enhance the way they interact with their communities and legislators.

21

Oct

2014

Revenue & AWC’s Open Data Portal

As the legal recreational marijuana market gets underway in Washington each day brings new developments and changes.
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Categories: Marijuana

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