Legislative Advocacy

March 29, 2017

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House proposed operating budget released following last week's passage of Senate operating budget 25-24 – with good/bad news for cities
See this quick comparison of the key city impacts from the Senate budget passed on a partisan vote last week, what is proposed in the House Democrats' budget unveiled Monday (which is likely to be acted upon by this Friday), and impacts of the Senate capital budget released Tuesday. More

Congratulations 2017 WellCity Award winners!
A record 115 AWC Employee Benefit Trust members earned the 2017 WellCity Award. These employers met nine best practice standards and made an outstanding commitment to employee health. To reward their efforts to reduce overall health care costs, these employers also receive a 2% premium discount on AWC Trust medical premiums for 2018.

WSDOT seeks input on Washington Aviation System Plan
The Washington State Department of Transportation invites the public to review the Washington Aviation System Plan (WASP) draft report and provide input. Washington’s system of 137 public-use airports is a crucial contributor to the state’s transportation system, economic vitality, and quality of life. Comments are due by April 17. More

Staying on the right side of the law
Small City Resource Manual | Chapter 5
The Small City Resource Manual was developed to make life a little easier around city hall, especially for cities of fewer than 5,000 people. Each chapter tackles a different topic and includes relevant resources you may also find helpful. Chapter 5 provides guidance on ethics, open government and fairness. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months or you can review the manual in its entirety here.

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So you want to be an elected official…
AWC updated this brochure to use when engaging with those interested in running for municipal office. The short pamphlet provides general information about how to work as part of a team, what cities do, roles and responsibilities, and where to go to find more information. More

Tips for the 2017 election cycle
Use this tips sheet to share important dates, as well as links to the Public Disclosure Commission and Secretary of State. More

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WIFIA federal loan funding for water infrastructure projects
The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) is a new source of federal loan funding for water infrastructure projects. The loans will be made by the EPA, and require an involved application process and loan origination fees estimated to be $350,000-$700,000 per project. The WIFIA funding source appears to be well suited for very large projects (greater than $50 million capital cost). More

Grant writing training
May 9-10 | Newman Lake
Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Grant Writing USA presents this two-day grants workshop for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. More

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Top messages to share with your legislators
The countdown clock to adjournment is ticking and city voices can truly make a difference on the key policy fiscal decisions. See our list of key issue areas to address with your legislators. More

AWC Lobby Day April 3 – Join a chorus of city voices
The regular 105-day legislative session ends on April 23. It is critical you let your legislators know what is important to your community as they continue their work. We are asking city officials statewide to help keep cities strong by weighing in on final budget and policy negotiations.

On April 3, we ask you to add your voice in two ways:

  • Join AWC in Olympia for a briefing and then engage with legislators regarding pieces of legislation that will help or hinder the job of local governance. It is essential that we focus efforts on those involved in crafting the budget. Register here.
  • Can't make it to Olympia? You can still make a difference by taking 15-30 minutes to call your legislators. Remind them of what cities need to maintain and strengthen your ability to serve your community.

Working the doors
AWC's very own Jane Wall brings you these quick tips on how to "work the doors" when you're at the Capitol in Olympia. Find out how to capture your Senator's or Representative's attention when they're on the floor. More

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Upcoming Small City Connectors Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
April 17 | La Conner
April 19 | Tenino

Don't miss these opportunities to connect with other city officials from small cities! Attend any one of these free events to talk about programs with AWC and the Washington Department of Commerce, meet with your peers, and enjoy a catered dinner and door prizes. More

D&A Supervisor training
April 19 | Tenino
April 20 | Bothell

The U.S. Department of Transportation mandates all supervisors of CDL employees, transit or gas utility workers, or any employee who might consult on a reasonable suspicion determination receive one hour-long training on drug awareness and one hour on alcohol abuse. AWC Drug & Alcohol Consortium is pleased to offer federally mandated drug awareness and alcohol abuse training. Register now!

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

April - September dates

Lacey, Bainbridge Island

AWC Lobby Day

April 3


Small City Connectors Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

April & May dates

La Conner, Tenino, Pateros, Chewelah, Dayton

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

April 19 & 20

Tenino, Bothell

Labor Relations Institute Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

May 3-5


Other trainings

Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) effectiveness studies workshop

April 11


MRSC FHWA Small Town and Rural Design guide

April 12


Tools for funding future infrastructure projects

April 20 & May 16

Yakima, Reardan

Infrastructure funding programs

May 4


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