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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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21
Jun

WSAC Welcomes Annika!

WSAC would like to introduce a new addition to the Communications team, intern Annika Vaughn! Annika will be interning under Derek Anderson and Paige DeChambeau as a part of the Communications Department of WSAC for the entirety of the summer. Currently a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Washington, Annika is majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in

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20
Jun

HB 2226 Does Not Fix Hirst

Court cases (Hirst, Foster) have left counties with a deep shift of responsibility for water use decisions.  Counties are not the water authority in Washington State and if required to determine connectivity and impairment in such diminimus uses as permit-exempt wells, it could take decades to develop the resources and expertise to manage water use in each county and the

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