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2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, May 2, 2016

Legislators from both sides of the aisle turned out in force for last week's 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up. Held by the East King Chambers Coalition, this annual event never fails to produce fireworks.

To nobody's surprise, there was sharp disagreement as to why a Special Session was needed to close a $200 million gap in the Supplemental Budget. Senator Andy Hill (R-45), chair of Senate Ways and Means, faulted House Democrats to task for proposing new taxes and spending in a supplemental year. Representative Tana Senn (D-41), responded that state agencies which provide core services are chronically underfunded.

Everyone agreed that 2017 will be the year to fix basic education and end reliance on local school levies. Representative Chad Magendanz (R-5) favors increasing the average state property tax levy, while Representative Patty Kuderer said it is time to consider new revenue sources, including income and capital gains taxes.

Regardless, all legislators agreed that despite the state's over-reliance on the Business and Occupation Tax, relief for small and medium-sized businesses will be unlikely in 2017.

Help shape the Coalition's advocacy agenda by joining one of the Bellevue Chamber's policy committees; contact Chris Johnson for details.

Tags:  Representative Chad Magendanz  Representative Judy Clibborn  Representative Larry Springer  Representative Luis Moscoso  Representative Patty Kuderer  Representative Tana Senn  Senator Andy Hill  Senator Joe Fain  Senator Mark Mullett 

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Getting Ever-So-Close to a Transportation Package

Posted By Lincoln Vander Veen, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This morning a handful of representatives of the Eastside business community and the East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition met with 41st District Representative Judy Clibborn, the Chair of the House Transportation Committee. The purpose of the meeting was to get a briefing from Rep. Clibborn on the way forward on a transportation package. We left hopeful, and believe the stumbling blocks in the way of a transportation package can be dealt with in a timely manner. In fact, public discussion of a transportation in the House will begin on Thursday, March 26, at 3:30 in Olympia.

Bellevue and the Eastside need transportation investments, and that is why we testified in favor of the Senate’s transportation package in February. The vast majority of Eastside employees and employers commute to and from work, and places in between, on Interstate 405. The Senate package includes corridor widening on I-405 between Renton and Lynnwood, along with other vital Eastside transportation needs like the completion of SR-520 and the 148th Avenue Overlake Access Ramp. We are pleased to know Representative Clibborn and other transportation leaders in the House fully intend to create their own transportation package – using the Senate’s proposal as a starting point – and negotiate in good faith to relieve congestion, improve travel time reliability, and preserve existing transportation assets.

Representative Clibborn was hopeful and energetic around the issues of concern that need to be worked out between our elected leaders. We fully support their efforts! As we tweeted earlier, we need solutions, compromise, and a transportation package anchored by an increase in the gas tax! We urge all Eastsiders to join us in reaching out to our elected leaders and imploring them to move as quickly as possible to get the job done. Onward and upward!

 

Who are these elected leaders that need to hear from you?

Representative Judy Clibborn

Representative Tana Senn

Representative Chad Magendanz

Representative Jay Rodne

Representative Ross Hunter

Representative Joan McBride

Representative Larry Springer

Representative Roger Goodman

Representative Luis Moscoso

Representative Derek Stanford

Tags:  Representative Chad Magendanz  Representative Jay Rodne  Representative Judy Clibborn  Representative Luis Moscoso  Representative Ross Hunter 

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