5
Mar

HB 2006 Dies

Budget and Finance HB 2006 regarding fiscal flexibility for counties appears to be dead for this legislative session. As a reminder, this bill would have removed nonsupplant language from the mental health sales tax and the levy lid lift statutes. It also would have moved the veterans and developmental disabilities out of the county general fund. The bill made it

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22
Feb

Legislative Budgets Released

The State has released supplemental budgets in both the House and the Senate. Learn about how these budgets will affect Washington State's 39 counties. You can read WSAC's budget summary below along with the letters to both the House and Senate budget writers. The Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) will continue to keep you updated on the developments with
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19
Feb

Weekly Roundup – Week 7

Both the House and Senate will release proposed supplemental operating budgets this week. The State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly revenue forecast last Thursday, predicting that budget writers would have another $650 million in the current biennium and $671 million in the next biennium. State revenues have grown by 15% in the last two years. Rumors have

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12
Feb

Olympia Update – Week 6

  Both the House and Senate are under pressure to pass bills to the other chamber by 5:00 Wednesday which is the next cutoff. The Senate worked several hours on Saturday but mostly approved Gubernatorial appointments. The fact that neither chamber passed many bills this weekend indicates that Wednesday’s cutoff will be the death of a very large number of

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