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11

Mar

2016

REET flexibility fix heads to the Governor

The House concurred last Tuesday on HB 2971, Rep. Joan McBride’s (D-Kirkland) bill to address inadvertent consequences of the larger Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) flexibility bill from last year.

11

Mar

2016

Proposal establishing task force on local business tax & licensing simplification passes both chambers

Last week the House and Senate passed HB 2959, which establishes a task force to evaluate options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification.

4

Mar

2016

Last chance to weigh in on the state budget

It’s the final week of session. The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of a supplemental operating budget, and budget negotiations are underway.

4

Mar

2016

Redirecting certain lodging tax revenue to statewide tourism funding

Last week we were surprised by the introduction of a bill, SB 6672, which would limit city authority to impose a lodging tax on the short-term rental of residential dwellings and timeshares.

4

Mar

2016

Senate passes amended proposal to establish task force on local business tax and licensing simplification

On Friday, the Senate passed an amended version of the bill establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend options to continue local business tax (B&O) and licensing simplification, HB 2959.

29

Feb

2016

State operating budget recap and what’s at risk for cities

Last week was all about supplemental budgets, and the programs and revenue that cities rely on are at risk.

29

Feb

2016

Majority of Senate votes to restore PWTF cut, but amendment still fails

In a bit of a surprise, a majority of the Senate voted to restore the latest $10 million sweep of the Public Works Trust Fund that was proposed in the Senate budget.

26

Feb

2016

Proposal allowing a private entity to conduct audits and establish an appeal process fails to advance

The bill allowing cities to seek an audit by a private entity and establishing an appeals or dispute process for findings by the State Auditor, HB 2148, failed to move out of the Senate Accountability & Reform Committee by Friday’s deadline and appears to be dead for the session.

26

Feb

2016

Senate committee moves proposal to establish task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

On February 24, the Senate Trade & Economic Development voted a substitute version of HB 2959 out of committee.

26

Feb

2016

House and Senate capital budgets address MTCA shortfall differently

House Democrats and Senate Republicans both released their proposed supplemental capital budgets on February 24.

24

Feb

2016

Cuts to city programs and revenue in Senate proposed budget

On Monday, the House released its proposed supplemental operating budget proposal. Today it was the Senate’s turn.

24

Feb

2016

Proposed Senate Supplemental Budget zeroes out MRSC by July 1

The Senate Ways and Means Chair released his proposed supplemental budget with adjustments for the remainder of the 2015-17 biennium.

23

Feb

2016

House Democrats release supplemental budget proposal

As expected, the House Democrats released their supplemental budget proposal yesterday afternoon.

19

Feb

2016

What we know about the next state budget proposal and where to get updates

We are expecting the next supplemental operating budget proposal from the House shortly after noon on Monday, February 22.

19

Feb

2016

Task force on local business tax & licensing simplification

The bill establishing a task force to evaluate and recommend legislation and options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification, HB 2959, passed the House of Representatives with a 93-4 vote last week.
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