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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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The Legislative Session is Coming...

Posted By Lincoln Vander Veen, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Welcome to the first Blitz in its new format! The Blitz has been a good tool to update Bellevue Chamber members and many others on what's happening at Bellevue City Hall, in Olympia, and in your community. In its new format, The Blitz will allow members and others to comment on the stories and information below. Let's engage in a conversation!

Bellevue City Hall

The City Council is off and will resume its regular work on Monday, January 5.

City Manager Brad Miyake is taking a different approach this time around in the City’s search for a new police chief to replace Linda Pillo.

 

What’s Happening at the Bellevue Chamber?

On Thursday January 8, from 7:00 – 9:00 am, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, the East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition is holding its annual Legislative Breakfast. The Breakfast conversation, moderated by Robert Mak, will focus on the legislative priorities of the Eastside business community: education, economic development, and transportation. Of course, other legislative issues will be touched on and those in attendance will have the opportunity to actively engage in the conversation as well. Please register to hear from the State’s budget writers – Representative Ross Hunter (D-Medina) and Senator Andy Hill (R-Woodinville) – and other influential Eastside legislators.

 

The Session is Coming…               

Senate Transportation Committee Chair Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima) wrote an op-ed at Crosscut that takes a look back to look forward. His piece focuses mostly on the reforms and streamlining that has to occur at the Department of Transportation and elsewhere along the line of delivering capacity-relieving projects to major State corridors.

Eastside Chambers of Commerce believe the legislature should pass a statewide transportation package  to provide funding for transportation projects that allow continue economic expansion, increase personal mobility, reduce congestions, improve travel time reliability, and enhance our natural environment. We do not disagree with Senator King and the many other voices of the Majority Coalition Caucus who are insisting on transportation reforms – the so-called “reform before revenue” movement. We simply believe legislative paralysis on a transportation package cannot continue. Investments must be raised. We support an increase in the gas tax to finish incomplete projects and improve the corridor’s that are critical to the economic success of our region and State, such as I-90 and SR-18, SR-520 and I-405, and SR-169.

Governor Jay Inslee revealed his education plan but has yet to explain how it will be paid for. He also wants a carbon tax to fund a transportation package. The Eastside Chambers believe a gas tax hike should pay for a transportation package and have testified in favor of an 11.5 cent increase. The most interesting question now that he has revealed his carbon tax plan, is whether he will take executive action on a low carbon fuel standard as well.

 

The Other Washington

A $1.1 trillion “cromnibusbudget bill helped the federal government avoid a shutdown.

 

Business Pulse Stories For Your Attention

Fed Seen Looking Past Russia Crisis as U.S. Growth Picks Up

“The options aren’t binding and Fed officials can always negotiate their own statement language. The timing of events in Russia makes it possible that policy makers would hear from the Fed’s international and financial stability experts on the risks around the decline in oil prices or Russian output. The Fed also uses models to study the global economy that could run simulations on the impact of currency movements or a slide in oil prices on world-wide growth.”

Governor unveils $2.3 billion education plan

“Funding allocations per student in the 2015-16 school year would be increased from $848 to $1,216, which will allow for, ‘full implementation of the state’s new learning standards in English, math and science, and support the use of behavior intervention curricula.’”

Bellevue inventor gets again in national spotlight

“The product was chosen by David Muir and ABC News as one of their select gift ideas that is completely made in America. The caddy and its packaging are all manufactured in Tacoma.”

Tags:  Bellevue  city council  Governor Jay Inslee  Linda Pillo  Representative Ross Hunter  Senator Andy Hill  Senator Curtis King 

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