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

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Jun

2017

Possible LEOFF 2 contribution shift would hurt cities

The Senate’s proposal to eliminate the state portion of the LEOFF 2 pension contribution is still in play in budget negotiations.

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

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

Jul

2014

State Budget Process Begins

The summer marks the beginning of the State’s budget process, and it should be no surprise that the McCleary decision regarding education will dramatically impact what the Legislature does in the next session; and what the Legislature does, always impacts cities.
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Categories: State budget

21

Apr

2014

2014 session was short and disappointing for cities, 2015 challenges loom large

Legislators accomplished their goal of finishing on time with only slight modifications needed to the $33.5 billion biennial operating budget adopted last year.

21

Mar

2014

Very few city impacts in state budget

With time running short, the Legislature agreed to and passed a supplemental operating budget in the final 24 hours of session. 

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Categories: State budget

7

Mar

2014

State budget could cut city liquor taxes again

The Senate passed their proposed supplemental budget last week, and the House then passed their own version earlier this week.

27

Feb

2014

Senate budget leaders seek to cut city liquor taxes again. Voting as early as noon today, February 27

On Monday afternoon, the Senate released their supplemental state budget proposal. For more up-to-date information, please see this article.

17

Jan

2014

Legislation to restore local liquor profits growth filed

This week, the House version of AWC’s priority bill to restore growth in city and county liquor revenue, HB 2314, was filed.

10

Jan

2014

AWC seeks to restore local liquor profits

AWC and a number of cities are working to restore the historic sharing of liquor profits between the state, cities, and counties.

18

Dec

2013

Governor releases hold steady supplemental budget

Yesterday Governor Inslee released what he referred to as a hold steady, get ready supplemental budget proposal. Hold steady because with little new revenue, his proposal offers only modest new spending compared to the overall size of the state budget.

14

Nov

2013

Take action to restore local liquor revenue

Restoring historic liquor revenue sharing with local governments has emerged as one of AWC’s top priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

4

Oct

2013

Update on local liquor tax distributions

When legislators passed the state’s 2013 – 2015 biennial budget, they intended to redirect 50% of local liquor taxes to the state general fund.

12

Jul

2013

Another state budget with significant impacts to cities

Most state shared revenues and programs cities care about remain intact after the budget deal.
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