Fiscal Flexibility Bill in Danger

HB 1718, a bill to provide cities and counties some flexibility with existing resources, is in danger of dying in the House. The bill, prime-sponsored by Representative Mike Volz, a Republican from the 6th Legislative District, and including a bi-partisan list of secondary sponsors, would Remove prohibitions on supplanting existing local government expenditures with proceeds from a locally imposed 0.1-percent

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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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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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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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