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Published on Friday, May 5, 2017

Day 15 special session report – Where are legislators?

Legislators have now been in session for 120 days – 15 of those in overtime. There are 15 days left in the current special session, and there are no visible signs that they are close to a budget agreement. Members are planning to be back in Olympia during the week of May 15, but it is not yet known if there will be anything new for them to consider or vote on.

Where are legislators now?

Most legislators are back home awaiting word from their leadership that there is a budget compromise ready to review and vote on. Their lives are sort of on hold because, on a moment’s notice, they may have to head back to the Capitol. While they’re waiting, it’s an opportune and appropriate time to connect with them, ask how they’re doing, and remind them of what cities need to remain strong financially to support the services needed by residents and businesses.

This week, city officials throughout the state will receive a mailer from AWC. It reminds you of what’s at risk for cities in the state’s budget, provides updates and messages, and shares a link where each city can view specific revenues at stake for your community. To view an electronic copy of the mailer’s key messages, click here.

We hope legislators can find a path to conclude their work in a constructive and bipartisan manner when they return the week of May 15.