The March Economic and Revenue Forecast was released on Wednesday, March 20. The first draft of the budgets usually immediately follow, and all rumors point to a release of the House version of the operating budget as early as Monday, March 25th. The forecast is largely good news. The Near General Fund-State (Near GF-S) forecast for the 2017-2019 biennium has
WSAC contract lobbyist, Mike Hoover, has kept you well informed regarding SSB 5163 – concerning wrongful injury or death this session, but it is also important to note that, while we may not carry the day on this issue, we have a great group of hardworking people doing their best to make sure our concerns are well understood. To that end,
All bills not related to the budgets must have passed out of their house of origin by Wednesday at 5 pm. As a result, many bills died and the focus of session continues to narrow. From here forward, the pace of session will pick up significantly. Cutoff brought mixed results for WSAC. Good bills passed, but good bills also died.
Not only did the House fail to pass HB 1718, the local government fiscal flexibility bill, as predicted, but the compromise needed to pass HB 1105 out of the House will cause severe damage to county budgets if it is not removed. HB 1105 began as a bill to create and fund a home foreclosure prevention program, aimed at providing