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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5
Apr

2SHB 1497 Signed by Governor!

On April 3rd, Governor Inslee signed 2HB 1497 - regarding foundational public health services. This law establishes a new framework and collaborative decision-making process between state and local governments in allocating funding to public health services. This is an exciting time for WSAC and WSALPHO and is the culmination of hard work dating back at least seven years. With FPHS
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4
Apr

Looking Back, and Ahead – Budgets and Final Weeks

Last week brought with it both chambers unveiling their transportation, capital and operating budgets. Highlights of the transportation and capital budgets include: Senate Transportation Budget The Senate 2019-2021 Transportation Budget proposal includes total appropriations of $9.8 billion for the two-year fiscal period, up $408 million from the level adopted for the 2017-2019 biennium in the 2018 supplemental budget. Most of

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