Tag: PERS

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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15
Apr

Death By a Thousand Cuts

It’s that time of session when you can pretty much tell what bills the legislature is likely to pass and you’ve seen all of the budget drafts except for the final version. Thus, we can have a pretty good understanding of how the legislative session might shape up for the counties. While there are bills that will add resources to

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1
Apr

Floor Amendments Are Killers

You may recall that the amendment removing the tax delinquency penalties in E2SHB 1105 was sponsored on the floor by a Republican representative.  Thankfully, it was fixed in the Senate. Because, had it lasted, it would’ve cost the counties upwards of $28 million based on 2018 figures. But now, another representative hung another amendment on a different bill on the House

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