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April 8, 2019

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From the director section

BudgethotsheetBudget highlights sheet
Check our budget highlight sheet for a comparison of key differences between the House and Senate budgets. More

Public works bid limit bill amendments impact small works roster
A bill impacting city public works project bid limits was recently amended by the House Local Government Committee. AWC is interested in hearing from cities and towns that use the small works roster about the anticipated impacts of this bill’s amendments. Learn what they are. More

Take action section

elearning-icon-75Listen to our budget podcast
This week, AWC’s Candice Bock and Sheila Gall discuss and compare the proposed House and Senate budgets. Find out more about the budget process, how it affects Washington cities, and what you can still do.

Media time section

Watch AWC testimony on economic development
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Last week AWC Vice President and Poulsbo Councilmember Ed Stern testified alongside AWC Government Relations Director Candice Bock in favor of SB 5564. This AWC priority bill allows local governments to compete for state sales tax credits to finance infrastructure improvements that spur private investments. Watch the video.

Check out this video urging congress to stop FCC from defunding public access channels
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Public access provides local content in communities that aren't served by the broadcast industry and ensures diversity of opinion. Watch this video to learn more.

From the director section

The home stretch – three weeks left to make an impact
There are just three short weeks left in the 2019 session. This week, most committee action will wrap up with the final fiscal committee cutoff deadline on April 9. After that the focus moves to final floor action. Find out the status of the budgets, learn about two concerns for cities, and get links to a host of helpful materials including our budget comparison matrix, budget highlights sheet, this week’s bill tracking hot sheet, and more.

Need to know setion

Affordable housing
Lone condo liability reform bill retains key elements after passing House. More

Tiny house communities bill amended to allow student builders. More

Budget & finance
Hearing on new tax bills for Senate operating budget. More

B&O apportionment bill in Senate Rules Committee. More

Transparency of local utility taxes bill in House Rules Committee. More

Annual B&O tax filing deadline bill awaiting further action in Senate Rules Committee. More

Cannabis
Marijuana convictions vacations bill amended in the House. More

Environment & natural resources
Ecology requests timely changes to drought response. More

Status of recycling and plastics reduction bills. More

General government
Wrongful death bill advances. More

HR & labor relations
First-responder occupational disease bill passes committee. More

Open government
Save the date: Public Records Act University. More

Pensions
House PERS 1 COLA bill moves out of fiscal committee. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill to increase local option tax to fund 911 services. More

Public works
State Treasurer introduces new online directory of state grant and loan programs. More

Telecommunications
Broadband bills divert PWTF dollars. More

Transportation
Transportation budgets pass both chambers, head to negotiations. More


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