Josh Weiss

7
Aug

End of Session Report

Click on the image to download the full 2017 End of Session Report prepared by WSAC Staff. And now, we can finally and officially, Sine Die. Clocking in at 195 days, the 2017 legislative session topped all previous records for the longest in duration. The “session” was actually composed of one regular 105 day session, and three 30 day special
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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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