File #: 2010-0624    Version:
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 12/6/2010 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 1/3/2011
Enactment date: Enactment #: 13398
Title: A MOTION establishing the King County 2011 State Legislative Agenda.
Sponsors: Jane Hague, Bob Ferguson, Larry Phillips
Indexes: Legislative Program, Washington, State of
Attachments: 1. 13398.pdf, 2. 2010-0624 Transmittal Letter.doc, 3. A. King County 2011 State Legislative Agenda, dated Jan. 3, 2011, 4. B. King County 2011 Statement of State Policy, dated Jan. 3, 2011, 5. 2010-0624 Staff report with attachments
Staff: Wagner, Nick
A MOTION establishing the King County 2011 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 2011 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 2011 legislative goals, and
      WHEREAS, counties have been recognized by the state 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, King County's ability to deliver health care, human services, and other basic services is directly impacted by reductions in the state budget, and
      WHEREAS, the state's across-the-board reductions have already affected key functions of county departments and agencies, and
      WHEREAS, King County is dedicated to exploring with the state new ideas for sustained funding for critical services such as transportation, criminal justice, health and human services 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 2011 state legislative program;
      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED by the Council of King County:
      The King County council adopts the attached King County 2011 State Legislative
Agenda and King County 2011 Statement of State Policy as King County's highest priorities for action in the 2011 legislative session of the Washington state Legislature.