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Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update (4-24-17)

April 24, 2017 / 2017-leg-session / Comments Off on Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update (4-24-17)

The 105-day regular legislative session ended yesterday with no state operating budget adopted. The Governor has called them back into a special 30-day session starting today. Most legislators will head for home, leaving budget negotiators in Olympia to resolve the differences between the House and Senate proposals. The state...

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Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update (4-4-17)

April 4, 2017 / 2017-leg-session / Comments Off on Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update (4-4-17)

The legislative session passed another cutoff last week (3-29-17) when policy bills passed by either the House or Senate had to be passed out of committee in the opposite chamber. The next cutoff for fiscal bills is today, March 4th, at which time fiscal bills must be reported out...

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Senate Releases Proposed 2017-19 Transportation Budget

March 20, 2017 / 2017-leg-session / Comments Off on Senate Releases Proposed 2017-19 Transportation Budget

The Senate released its nearly $8.7 billion spending plan for the 2017-19 biennium today.  The plan includes an increase of $166 million over the February, 2016 forecast. The budget provides $9.7 million for 2017-19 along with $25.1 million in direct distributions to counties that was adopted under the Connecting Washington Act in 2015....

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Attorney General Issues Opinion on Road Tax Diversion

March 20, 2017 / wsace / Comments Off on Attorney General Issues Opinion on Road Tax Diversion

The Washington State Attorney General issued AGO 2017 No. 1 outlining his opinion that county road tax diversion for traffic law enforcement must be narrowly defined if a county wants to remain eligible for Rural Arterial Program (RAP) grant funding. The opinion specifically determined that civil or criminal traffic...

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Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update (3-10-17)

March 11, 2017 / 2017-leg-session / Comments Off on Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update (3-10-17)

The legislature reached the cutoff where bills needed to pass out of the house of origin over to the opposite chamber for hearings.  Attention will now turn to the state budget.  The budget is expected to be out shortly after the new state revenue forecast comes out next week....

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