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

21

Feb

2018

Senate and House release 2018 supplemental budget proposals

The Senate Ways & Means Committee released its proposed supplemental budget to the adopted FY 2017-2019 budget on Monday, February 19.

16

Feb

2018

Sales and use tax flexibility bill continues to roll through the Legislature

HB 2006 continues to move through the legislative process.

16

Feb

2018

Shared revenue interactive tool

Maintaining state shared revenues to cities is one of AWC’s legislative priorities.

16

Feb

2018

Business license threshold workgroup

The city workgroup developing the city business license model threshold required to be completed by July 1, 2018 under EHB 2005 has almost finished drafting the model.

16

Feb

2018

2018 Supplemental budgets and revenue

Update: See our budget analysis here.
On Thursday, February 15, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council provided some great news for the budget writers.

2

Feb

2018

Bill giving cities greater flexibility with sales tax and levy lid lifts in House Rules Committee

HB 2006 passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on January 24 and is waiting on further action by the House Rules committee.

2

Feb

2018

Bill to create study on state and local property taxes heard

SB 6382 would create a 14-member legislative task force to study state and local property taxes.

2

Feb

2018

Senate local option levy lid lift exemption bill moves

Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) sponsored SB 6314 which allows cities the option to extend the state’s property tax exemption to local property tax levy lid lifts.

29

Jan

2018

House proposes state B&O tax reform for small businesses

HB 2940 is meant to level the playing field for small businesses for state business and occupation (B&O) taxes.

29

Jan

2018

Resolution on capital budget and water issues finally happens

Before we let too much time pass in the crunch of the session, AWC would like to note a very significant set of accomplishments for cities that occurred on January 18.

29

Jan

2018

Ways & Means to hear local housing option to exempt property tax

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has scheduled 2SSB 5182 for a public hearing on Monday, January 29 at 3:30 pm.

22

Jan

2018

Legislature takes action on capital budget, funds Public Works Trust Fund

On January 18, the Legislature took action on a critical piece of holdover legislation from the 2017 session – the capital budget!

5

Jan

2018

Hearings on Governor’s proposed state budget

The Governor’s operating budget proposal is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee on January 8 and by the Senate Ways and Means Committee on January 9.

18

Dec

2017

Streamlined sales tax mitigation advisory committee meeting

EHB 2163 implements a state version of marketplace fairness (aka internet sales tax) on January 1, 2018, by imposing new requirements on more out-of-state internet retailers to collect sales tax or to report customer sales and notify customers for use tax purposes.

15

Dec

2017

Governor releases 2018 supplemental budget proposal

On December 14, Governor Inslee released his proposed supplemental budget to the adopted FY 2017-2019 budget.
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