Tag: WSAC Priority

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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22
Apr

Final Stretch!

This week brought a lot of news, as the final weeks of Session often do. The wrongful death bill, SB 5163, was passed by the House and is expected to be signed into law by the Governor shortly. Despite coming close, we were unable to get any changes to the bill to limit liability to only the amount for which

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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
Mar

Fiscal Committee Cutoff #1

The legislature passed another major milestone on Friday, the date of the first fiscal committee cutoff. Bills had to be moved out of the fiscal committees – House Transportation, Finance, Capital Budget, and Appropriations; and Senate Transportation and Ways and Means – in order to keep moving this session. However, while no bill is ever truly dead until the legislature

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