File #: 2022-0396    Version:
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 10/4/2022 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 11/22/2022
Enactment date: Enactment #: 16250
Title: A MOTION establishing the King County 2023 State Legislative Agenda.
Sponsors: Claudia Balducci
Indexes: Legislature
Attachments: 1. Motion 16250, 2. A. 2023 State Legislative Agenda, 3. 2022-0396_SR_State.Leg, 4. 2023 Leg Agenda Draft


A MOTION establishing the King County 2023 State Legislative Agenda.


                     WHEREAS, the 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 2023 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 Sound Cities Association and the Association of Washington Cities to achieve its 2023 legislative goals, and

                     WHEREAS, counties have been recognized by the Legislature as partners with the state in the delivery of such critical services as public health, transportation, public safety, behavioral health services, affordable housing, and water quality, and

                     WHEREAS, the COVID-19 emergency has further highlighted the vital role played by county government in protecting public health and safety, and has dramatically increased demand for critical public services, and

                     WHEREAS, King County has a limited number of revenue sources available to mitigate impacts of budget decisions at the state level, and

                     WHEREAS, King County's ability to deliver public health, behavioral health services, public safety and other basic services is directly impacted by decisions in the state budget, and

                     WHEREAS, the increasing cost of providing essential services to a growing King County population combined with an arbitrary cap on property tax revenue growth has created a structural gap in King County's general fund, which is projected to reach $80 million to $100 million by the 2025-2026 biennial budget, and

                     WHEREAS, King County is dedicated to exploring with the state new ideas for sustained funding for critical services including transportation and transit, affordable housing, behavioral health and crisis response, public safety and flood protection, and

                     WHEREAS, the King County council and the King County executive will continue to review legislative developments for possible revisions of King County's 2023 state legislative program;

                     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED by the Council of King County:

                     The King County council adopts the King County 2023 State Legislative Agenda,

Attachment A to this motion, as King County's highest priorities for action in the 2023 legislative session of the Washington state Legislature.