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

8

Jan

2016

New guidance requires all cities with lodging tax expenditures to report by March 15

When legislation passed in 2013 that requires cities with lodging tax expenditures to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC), some cities received guidance that they were not required to complete the annual reporting because they did not have to use the application process specified in the bill.

8

Jan

2016

Legislators consider business climate in Washington

During the opening week of the 2016 legislative session, the House Finance and Senate Trade & Economic Development committees have scheduled time to discuss the regulatory climate for businesses in Washington.

18

Dec

2015

Governor releases supplemental state budget proposals

It seems like the state just passed its operating budget because 2015 was the longest legislative session in state history.

17

Dec

2015

Airbnb now collecting sales and lodging taxes in Washington State

Washington State recently reached an agreement with Airbnb to collect sales and lodging taxes from Washington property owners advertising on its site.

17

Dec

2015

Changes to amusement & recreational activities taxes

HB 1550 amended the definition of a retail sale for recreational services and the operation of athletic and fitness facilities beginning January 1, 2016.

17

Dec

2015

L&I adopts workers’ comp rate increases for 2016

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced its workers’ compensation rate increases in September and formally adopted the rates this month.

2

Dec

2015

Top five advocacy achievements for cities in 2015

The 2015 legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership.

16

Nov

2015

AWC Ad Hoc Committee on Municipal Finance considers the future of city fiscal sustainability

One of AWC’s major priorities to ensure sufficient and flexible revenue for essential city services.

16

Oct

2015

Marijuana revenue distribution errors & clarifications

It has come to AWC’s attention that a small number of cities who should have received marijuana revenue distributions in late September did not.

17

Aug

2015

Local government audit rate increases

The Washington State Auditor's Office will adjust its local government hourly billing rate from the current $88.50 to $93.00, effective January 1, 2016.

31

Jul

2015

State budget wrap up

The long 2015 legislative session included efforts to retain state-shared revenues and provide new tools to local governments.

12

Jun

2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8.

5

Jun

2015

Update on new House and Senate operating budget proposals

As the first special legislative session concluded and the second special session began, the House Democrats and Senate Republicans each released revised budget proposals, which are being referred to as versions 2.0 in Olympia.

5

Jun

2015

House committee expected to move revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

In mid-April, we reported on HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties.

24

Apr

2015

City liquor revenue in play during special session

As the special session begins, you may be wondering how much to expect in city liquor revenue over the next few years.
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