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File #: 2010-0026    Version:
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 1/4/2010 In control: Metropolitan King County Council
On agenda: Final action: 1/4/2010
Enactment date: Enactment #: 13110
Title: A MOTION establishing the 2010 State Legislative Agenda for King County.
Sponsors: Bob Ferguson
Indexes: Legislative Program
Attachments: 1. Mot 13110.pdf, 2. 2010-0026 Transmittal Letter.doc, 3. Staff Report 2010 State Legislative Agenda State (2) (3).doc, 4. A. King County's 2010 State Legislative Agenda, dated 1/4/2010, 5. B. King County's 2010 Statement of State Policy Positions, dated 1/4/2010, 6. 13110 Amendment package 1-4-2010.pdf
Clerk 01/05/2010
A MOTION establishing the 2010 State Legislative Agenda for King County.
WHEREAS, the metropolitan King County council and the King County executive have worked together through their respective government relations staff and desire to bring their positions on issues facing the 2010 Washington state Legislature to the attention of the Washington state Legislature, and
WHEREAS, King County desires to work cooperatively with other local governments and other organizations such as the Washington State Association of Counties, the Washington Association of County Officials, the Suburban Cities Association and the Association of Washington Cities to achieve its 2010 legislative goals, and
WHEREAS, counties have been recognized by the Legislature as partners with the state in the delivery of such critical services as transportation, criminal justice, public health, community and human services and water resources, and
WHEREAS, King County is dependent on a strong fiscal partnership with the state, and
WHEREAS, King County's general fund suffers from a structural imbalance between the limited revenue authorities and the growth rate of expenditures, and
WHEREAS, the ongoing national recession has resulted in dramatic budget shortfalls at all levels of government across the nation, and
WHEREAS, the dramatic downturn of the economy has magnified the general fund's structural problem as forecast sales tax and interest earnings deteriorate and the cost of providing services increases due to rising inflation, and
WHEREAS, counties currently have a limited number of options to ask local voters for additional resources for specific county services, and
WHEREAS, if King County is going to be able to continue delivering basic government services to our residents, it needs additional fiscal flexibility tools, and
WHEREAS, King County is dedicated to exploring with the state new ideas for sustained funding for critical services such ...

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