File #: 2020-0399    Version:
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 11/10/2020 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 12/8/2020
Enactment date: Enactment #: 15770
Title: A MOTION establishing the King County 2021 State Legislative Agenda.
Sponsors: Claudia Balducci
Indexes: King County, Legislature
Attachments: 1. Motion 15770, 2. 2020-0399 Amendment 1, 3. 2020-0399 Amendment 2, 4. A. 2021 State Legislative Agenda, dated 12/08/20, 5. A. 2021 State Legislative Agenda, 6. 2020-0399_SR_State_Leg_Agenda.docx, 7. 2020-0399_Amendment_1 bar.docx, 8. 2020-0399_Rev SR_State_Leg_Agenda_.docx, 9. 2020-0399_Rev SR_State_Leg_Agenda
A MOTION establishing the King County 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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, criminal justice, community and human services 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
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 emergency has placed immense stress on state and local revenue sources, while dramatically increasing demand for critical public services, and
WHEREAS, King County is dependent on a strong fiscal partnership with the state in many areas, 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, human services, criminal justice 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, and
WHEREAS, King County is dedicated to exploring with the state new ideas for sustained funding for critical services such as public h...

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