Legislative Bulletin

29
Apr

Final Operating Budget, Disappointing but Not Surprising

The final operating budget was adopted via a conference committee report, meaning that the final document could not be amended – not for policy reasons or even technical errors – and the legislators were only allowed an up or down vote. All in all, with one significant exception related to the Model Toxics Control Act (see the post by Paul

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29
Apr

Hits and Misses for Local Public Health Funding

A few highlights of the hits (good) and misses (bad) of this biennium’s operating budget. Hit: On-going and stable funding for Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS). The legislature funded Foundational Public Health Services at $22 million on-going funding. This is a hopeful first step toward the full funding of all areas within FPHS. (Remember, through the needs assessment – this

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29
Apr

You Win Some, You Lose Some – Transportation Budget Rundown

The Legislature spent dizzying final days passing bills and budgets in order to get done by their midnight deadline on April 28, in which they did, by literal minutes. Overall, the transportation budget turned out okay for Counties. The operating and capital budgets are another story. You can read more about those here. Fish Passage Barrier Removal The Legislature utilized

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28
Apr

Final Day: Graduated REET & Wrap-Up

The final days of the Session finally made public both budgets and new ways to pay for them. One component of this was SB 5998, the graduated real estate excise tax (REET). Conceptually, the bill is very simple: lower the REET on lower-value properties to help lower-income buyers afford to buy property. The rate rises (graduates) on higher-income properties because

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