Josh Weiss

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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29
Mar

Updated: House Budget Helps Counties

This post has been updated with the letter that WSAC sent to the House of Representatives on March 29, 2017, regarding the budget and reiterating the main points made during Josh Weiss’s testimony at the House Appropriations Committee hearing on March 27, 2017.  Olympia – Today the House Democrats released their proposed spending plan for the 2017-2019 biennium. WSAC staff is

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27
Mar

Senate Budget Proposal Doesn’t Age Well

Olympia (March 23, 2017) – As WSAC staff have had more time to analyze the Senate budget proposal that was released and heard on Tuesday, more and more problems have come to light. While we were initially relieved to see that traditionally shared revenue sources were not impacted, the Senate is able to raise new revenue for the state by tapping into

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20
Mar

Olympia Update – March 20, 2017

The Legislative Steering Committee met in Olympia last Thursday and was the centerpiece of the week for WSAC. A special thanks go out to the seven Legislators who sat down with the entire LSC: Representatives Sullivan, McBride and Gregerson, and Senators Fain, Pederson and Miloscia. We asked all of the Legislators where they stand on WSAC’s three Legislative priorities, and

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