Josh Weiss

21
Jul

End of 3rd Special Session a Double-Loss for Counties

Yesterday when the Washington Legislature adjourned it was another unsatisfactory conclusion for counties, who were already deeply disappointed by the outcomes from the first 160 days of legislative action. The results didn’t get any better with an additional 30 days; the legislature failed to provide relief for counties who are now required to produce duplicative and costly water resource information

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30
Jun

Legislature Fails to Protect Public Safety

Olympia, WA – The Washington State Legislature released its operating budget, which disappointingly did not address the financial crisis facing communities across Washington. The budget failed to replace the arbitrary 1% cap on property revenue—the major funding source for counties and cities—with a cap actually tied to the factors that drive costs like inflation and the rate of population growth. “We

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27
Jun

Updated: Imminent Budget Agreement Possible

A very quick budget review with only 12 hours left to go before shutdown… June 29, 12:00 PM – The state budget documents were made available early this morning. There are about 1,100 pages to sort through, so we are still working to understand all of the details, particularly in the human services areas. However, based on a very quick

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30
Mar

House Finance pass 1% Cap Bill

Olympia – This morning the House Finance Committee passed HB 1764 which would replace the 1% property tax cap with a new cap tracking inflation and population growth. The vote was party-line, though Ranking Minority Member Rep. Terry Nealey indicated a willingness to continue discussions. Comments from committee members consistently referenced the compelling testimony of the county and city representatives

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