Mellani McAleenan

14
Jan

Olympia Update – Week 1

Washington’s 105-day legislative session started on Monday with both houses landing in solid Democrat control after this year’s election.  The size of the majorities, combined with a new majority leader in the senate and the announcement that Speaker Chopp will step down after this year, along with Governor Inslee’s presidential campaign exploration, should add up to a year potentially unlike

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18
Dec

Governor Inslees’s Budget Proposal

Last Thursday, Governor Inslee released his proposed 2019 budgets. Generally, the governor’s budgets are seen as an executive and judicial branch “wish list” that the legislature will consider along with their own priorities. The following is a summary list of the expenditures and new revenue proposed by Governor Inslee that may be of interest to the Counties. We won’t see

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11
Dec

The good and the bad, what do initiatives mean for counties?

Initiatives can have large impacts on counties. In this second part of our election series blog posts, we look specifically at initiatives and their effects. The first post looked at changes within the legislative membership and the last post will look at the what happened within the WSAC membership. —————— In addition to half of the state Senate and all of

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3
Dec

What Legislative Elections Mean for Counties

As counties are an arm of the state, the legislative branch, is very important to WSAC’s and the legislature’s relationship. This post is the first of three blog post series to highlight what this mid-term election means for counties. The second post will look at initiatives and third will look at the changes within the WSAC membership.  —————— The 2018

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