Legislative Advocacy

March 8, 2017

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Remind legislators what state-shared revenues mean to your city
State budget proposals are under development and budget writers are looking to find money wherever they can. See the state-shared revenues your city is estimated to receive in 2017-19 (except for marijuana revenues which are distributed by actual sales). Select your city in the drop-down arrow box. It is critical you let your legislators know what these state-shared revenues mean to your city.

Lodging tax reporting due by March 15
All cities with lodging tax expenditures in 2016 must submit a report to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC). Get access to the system and information about the requirements. More

City officials travelling to NLC’s Congressional City Conference
AWC's leadership and approximately 90 Washington city officials are headed off to Washington, D.C. next week to advocate for federal policies that support our cities. Check out our federal priorities here and follow along March 11-15 on AWC’s twitter.

Bremerton uses local media to highlight impact of property tax cap
Check out this Kitsap Sun article where Bremerton and Kitsap County communicated their lobbying efforts to change the property tax annual limit to inflation and population growth. The city and county each provide monetary and tangible examples of how the current tax cap negatively impacts their operations. This is a great example of how to use data to publicly tell your city budget story. More

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Join us for a critical AWC Lobby Day on the Hill
April 3 | Olympia
Many legislators have been clear that state-shared revenues of more than $200 million are in jeopardy and soon we'll know how true this is. City officials are invited to Olympia on April 3, one day before cutoff, to make a push and tell legislators that strong cities are the key to a great state. Make appointments to meet with legislators, or notify them of your arrival, and share the positive or negative impacts of the difficult budget decisions they face. More

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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Pilot Program (EVIPP) funding
The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced $1 million in funding available for electric vehicle (EV) charging along highway corridors. Applications are due May 12. More

Grant and loan programs for drinking water and wastewater projects
Small cities, do you want to know where infrastructure funding might be found? Do you need drinking water or wastewater system improvements? If so, check out this current list of available funding programs. More

Sorenson Impact Center grants
The University of Utah's Sorenson Impact Center announced sub-grants of up to $100,000 through its Pay for Success capacity building program. The funds are used in the priority areas of economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. Deadline is March 31. More

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Cities 101 playlist
What do cities do, exactly? You may have been asked this question before. We’ve come up with our Cities 101 series to tell the everyday city dweller what cities are all about. Watch our playlist to see these information-packed illustrated demonstrations about all things cities! This includes sewers, population growth, city budgets, streets, transportation, property taxes, and highlighting the message that strong cities make a great state. More

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Register for LRI
May 3-5 | Yakima
We're excited to welcome this year's Labor Relations Institute keynote speaker, Shelley Row! Shelley works with leaders, managers and organizations to improve professional decision making by identifying subtle personal behaviors that hold them back. Register now!
Attendance at LRI is limited to those who solely represent the interests of management.

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

March - September dates

Kennewick, Lacey, Bainbridge Island

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

March 9, April 19, 20

Ellensburg, Tenino, Bothell

AWC Lobby Day

April 3


Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23


Labor Relations Certificate of Municipal Leadership programInstitute

May 3-5


Other trainings

NLC Congressional City Conference

March 11-15

Washington, D.C.

CDBG Application Workshop

March 15 & 21

Olympia, Moses Lake


May 16 &17


2017 Washington State Community Certificate of Municipal Leadership programDevelopment Block Grant (CDBG)
March 15 | Olympia
March 21 | Moses Lake

Attend this CDBG application workshop to learn how to apply for funds that assist with public facilities such as water, wastewater, streets, fire stations, economic development, affordable housing and more. Register for the workshops by March 10. CDBG applications are due June 1. More

MuniCon 2017
May 16 & 17 | Yakima
The second Washington State Municipal Stormwater Conference focuses on addressing high-priority issues and challenges faced by statewide municipal EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees. More

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