Josh Weiss

15
Jan

Olympia Update – Week 2

This is only the second week of session, but in a 60-day session, this week marks the halfway point to the first committee cutoff. Committee hearings are in full swing, and every day there are dozens of new bills introduced. Both chambers are moving priority bills forward quickly, including breakfast after the bell, legal financial obligations, and the Voting Rights

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14
Jan

Proposal to Create Districts in Spokane County

Legislation aimed at forcing Spokane County to add two additional county commissioner districts (HB 1535) is gaining traction again this year. The bill was introduced last year and made it out of committee but never onto the House floor. Last week the House State Government, Elections, and Information Technology Committee heard the measure again and is likely to move it

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8
Jan

2018 Pre-Session Update

First Week of Legislation Session This week the 2018 legislative session began, only six months after the close of the last session. 2018 is supposed to be a “short”, fast-paced, 60-day session where instead of a full-blown budget package, only supplemental changes are made to the budget. The question on everyone’s mind this year is whether the Legislature will, in

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20
Dec

2018 Governor’s Budget

Governor Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget. Generally speaking, there isn’t much in this budget for counties to be either worried or excited about, as you would expect in a supplemental budget year. Overview Total expenditures equal $44.4 billion. This is a billion more than the 2017-2019 budget enacted in July ($43.4) New expenditures are funded by $950 million

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