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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: All Star Lineup of Legislators at Annual Breakfast; Eastside Business Leaders Ready to Swarm the Capitol; Business Priorities Set for Legislative Session.

Posted By Chris Johnson, Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All Star Lineup of Legislators at Annual Breakfast

Eastside business leaders have been hosting a legislative breakfast for decades. This year, over 160 business, non-profit and community leaders packed the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on January 4, for an up close and personal discussion with local legislators.

With a record 15 senators and representatives on the platform, audience members heard there is still more work to be done on basic education, holding down the cost of housing and keeping people moving on I-405.

Most agreed the state B&O tax needs an overhaul, if not an outright repeal, but that won’t likely happen until we have a larger discussion about changes to our tax system after Session.

And despite the Governor’s proposal for a new carbon tax, there was little enthusiasm for this going into an election year. One thing everyone agreed on: after several years of Special Sessions, the odds are high for ending on time this year in early March.

Eastside Business Leaders Ready to Swarm the Capitol

Right on the heels of our annual legislative breakfast, business leaders from across the Eastside, are poised to swarm the capitol for 2018 Chamber Day in Olympia.

Here’s your chance to bring the business voice directly to our legislators from Bothell to Maple Valley, right on their turf. Join us on Wednesday, January 24, 11 AM – 3PM on the capitol campus. We’ll provide lunch, talking points and set appointments for you with the people who represent you in state government.

For more information and to register, visit our Chamber Day page.

2018 Coalition Agenda Highlights:

Economic Development

  • Provide tools for infrastructure funding through tax increment financing
  • Enact a business and occupation tax credit for qualified research and development expenditures
  • Make changes to GMA relating to vesting and plat management, enact condominium liability; reform, mandate shorter permitting processes, incentivize zoning that encourages higher density, extend the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) beyond 12 year
  • Extend aerospace tax incentives to include the commercial space sector and enact a B&O tax reduction for manufacturing

Education

  •  Continue to fund basic education
  •  Increase opportunities for children to access quality early childhood education across the State
  •  Enhance accountability and improve outcomes
  •  Improve state support for meaningful Workforce Training (CTE)
  •  Fund higher education programs

Transportation

  • Fund additional improvements to I-405
  • Eliminate statutory barriers to shared employer shuttles
  • Create a statewide business license for transportation network companies (TNC’s)
  • Allow private shuttle providers access to publicly funded park and ride lots
  • Incentivize use of TNC’s and flexible van pools under the 1991 Commute Trip Reduction Act.

To see our complete 2018 Legislative Agenda, visit the East King Chambers Coalition webpage.

 

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