Legislative Bulletin

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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28
Apr

A Quick Rundown of Human Services & Public Safety Budgets

In the 2019-2021 biennial budget, the State invested a significant amount of money in the behavioral health system. Whether that funding is sufficient is yet to be seen because of the many, complex factors involved, including finalizing integration, and issues related to the state hospitals, capacity, staffing, and Trueblood. In the capital budget, $119.9 million is dedicated to community-based behavioral

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28
Apr

Washington’s Inconvenient Truth

They asked us for help. We answered the call and put our own resources into the fight and our reputations on the line. They took our help, passed their bill, and then stabbed us in the back. I hope they don’t expect a thank you. In late March, WSAC was invited to a meeting with several other organizations including ports,

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22
Apr

Nothing Left But the Big Stuff

The legislative session passed its last major hurdle before the end of session – Wednesday was the cutoff for bills needing to pass out of their opposite house. All that is left is for bills that were amended to be approved or rejected by their original house. That, and all of the big stuff the legislature has not yet gotten

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