2017 Legislative Bulletin

27
Mar

Will MTCA still take care of local programs?

The Model Toxics Control Accounts (MTCA) remain in desperate financial situation with the capital side of the ledger starting this session $75 million in the negative. That compares to a normal capital budget that projects $185-$290 million dollars available to fund a number of important projects and programs. This is a continuation of the problems from last year that led

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27
Mar

Will the legislature tax e-cigarettes?

This week the House Finance Committee will consider move one of two bills that would tax vapor products often referred to as e-cigarettes.  Public health advocates support this tax because the excise tax helps to address youth access by making the products less affordable for youth.  The bill sponsors also see a need for revenue to offset another policy bill

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23
Mar

HCA Will Implement SSB 6430

HCA Will Implement SSB 6430 (2016) as Scheduled As you are all aware, on March 9, 2017 the Health Care Authority (HCA) announced that it would not be able to implement the program to suspend, rather than terminate, medical assistance benefits for persons who are incarcerated by July 1, 2017.  Rather, they announced that they would be “pausing” the program, specifically

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20
Mar

Senate Transportation Budget Released

Senate Releases Proposed 2017-19 Transportation Budget The Senate released its nearly $8.7 billion spending plan for the 2017-19 biennium today.  The plan includes an increase of $166 million over the February 2016 forecast. The budget provides $9.7 million for 2017-19 along with $25.1 million in direct distributions to counties that was adopted under the Connecting Washington Act in 2015. These funds are in addition

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