Legislative Advocacy

December 14, 2016

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Cityvision explores human capitol
Cityvision shares strategic insights on listening, learning, legislating and leading, along with perspectives on tracking record request costs, lobbying boundaries and licensing fees versus taxes. More

Governor’s proposed state operating budget released today
Late this morning, Governor Inslee released his proposed state budgets for the two-year biennium beginning July 1, 2017. This proposal addresses a number of items impacting cities, including state shared revenues, law enforcement training, and funding for infrastructure, mental health, and homelessness programs. Right now AWC’s Government Relations Team is reviewing the proposals, and our preliminary analysis will be available by the end of the day.

Yesterday, the Governor released plans to generate more revenue and fund basic education. Overall, he proposes $4.4 billion in new revenue for the state’s 2017-19 biennium, and the vast majority of that will be devoted to K-12 education. More

Cities 101: Streets and the city transportation system

Nearly every trip in Washington begins or ends on a city street. Our newest video in the Cities 101 series focuses on city streets and the many important features of the transportation system. As cities grapple to fund priorities, it’s critical these important assets are well designed, constructed, and maintained for today, and into the future. More

Pilot project will test Road Usage Charge
In fall 2017, the Washington State Transportation Commission will launch a year-long pilot project exploring a Road Usage Charge, which means drivers would pay per mile rather than by the gallon to fund roads, similar to how people pay for utilities like water and electricity. Up to 2,000 volunteers will have an early opportunity to test drive the approach and influence how it might move forward in Washington. The Road Usage Charge would replace the existing gas tax. More

City business tax and licensing simplification recommendations adopted
The task force on local business tax and licensing simplification recently adopted its recommendations and is preparing to forward them to the Legislature by the end of this month. Recommended items represent a significant compromise on the part of cities. More

Acknowledge an outstanding student in your community! 
AWC's Center for Quality Communities will award six outstanding high school seniors a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a post-secondary degree in fall 2017. Each city can nominate one student for consideration. Completed applications must be submitted by the city and forwarded to the AWC Center for Quality Communities by March 10. More

Final issue of CityVoice for 2016,
see you next year!

This is the final CityVoice issue for 2016. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season! We’ll see you in 2017 for more exciting and engaging city news!

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2016 is coming to close! We’re rounding out the year with our top ten AWC memories! Number one is especially our favorite. Find descriptions, pictures, and links to our top ten 2016 celebrations here.

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Do you know what all cities need?
If you haven’t already adopted your city’s legislative agenda, you should soon—session will be here before you know it! Visit our website to see examples of other cities’ legislative agendas and send us your 2017 agenda so we can post it.

With your agenda adopted, you are well versed in the needs of your city. But how about the needs of all 281 cities in Washington? Check out our 2017 Legislative Session City Priorities. Learn the needs of all cities, read up on what we’re asking from the legislature, and start talking with Legislators now.

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Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
January 18 | Olympia
Gather for this special lobby day accompanied by an engaging daylong session to network with fellow mayors, city managers, and administrators and talk about your city budgets, share news from home, and interact with legislators on important city issues. Register now!

City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
February 15-16 | Olympia
Held annually during the legislative session, City Action Days is AWC's two-day legislative conference that brings city and town officials to Olympia to learn about our priorities and push the city agenda forward. This is one conference city and town officials can't afford to miss. Register now!

AWC trainings & events

Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 18, 2017

Olympia

City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 15-16, 2017

Olympia

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23, 2017

Lynnwood


Other trainings

MRSC's land use case law update

December 15

Webinar

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Grants available for law enforcement
As part of its Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) program, the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will award eight grants of up to $700,000 to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Deadline to apply is January 26, 2017. More

BJA is also soliciting applications from law enforcement agencies to develop a comprehensive, problem-solving approach that incorporates body-worn cameras into officer practice by implementing a first-time program or enhancing an existing program. Applications due February 16, 2107. More



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