AWC Board adopts preliminary 2014 legislative priorities
On September 27, AWC’s Board of Directors adopted a focused set of priorities for the upcoming 2014 session. They reflect a concern that the state is retreating from sharing revenue with cities. During the 2014 legislative session, AWC will ask the Legislature and Governor to reshape our partnership in the following four ways:
- Restore local liquor revenue sharing to the historic revenue sharing formulas. We need this so we can better fund public safety and other local impacts of liquor consumption. The enhanced public safety funding promised in the 2011 liquor privatization initiative hasn’t been kept – in fact funding has been cut by legislative action and diverted to other uses.
- Fund transportation needs now, including providing new local transportation options. Transportation is critical for our economic health so we must have the resources at both the state and local levels to maintain and improve our vital transportation systems. Needs vary by region and so too must the array of options.
- Halt and refrain from raiding infrastructure funds like the Public Works Trust Fund and Model Toxics Control Accounts and build them back to health. Our infrastructure is aging and we can’t keep up with demands and regulatory requirements. Great cities don’t just happen – we need planned and sustained investments in order for Washington to thrive.
- Share new marijuana revenue. The new recreational marijuana industry is subject to up to a 75% state excise tax, but none of this potential revenue is directed to locals to address public safety needs and other local impacts. Cities and counties must enforce marijuana laws and need shared revenue to do this.
Thank you to AWC’s 2013-2014 Legislative Subcommittee for their continuing work in developing the city legislative agenda. Please share these priorities with legislators and others in your community.