Tuesday, March 8, 2011

King County Arts Bills Move to Committees, HB 1997, SB 5834

The Washington State Legislature passed two bills that would help fund King County Arts. Senate Bill SB 5834 has moved from the Senate to the House Ways & Means Committee. House Bill HB 1997 has moved from the House to the Senate Committee on Economic Development Trade & Innovation.

HB 1997 has a Hearing in the Senate committee on Thursday, at 1:30pm.
This bill would fund King County Arts programs, workforce housing around the Washington State Convention Center, as well as jump-start the expansion of the convention Center.

SB 5834 was was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee, but has not yet been placed on an agenda.
This bill just extends the Hotel tax, and part of the revenue fundsArts in King County.





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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hard for me to believe but Ken Schram actually supports HB1997. Too bad that amendment for no new stadium construction is part of it. Probably the idea of Dunshee or that rep from the Eastside not named Ross Hunter.

Anonymous said...

Rodney Tom. That's the guy.

Mr Baker said...

Rep Bob Hasegawa
http://www.leg.wa.gov/house/representatives/Pages/hasegawa.aspx
11 District, South Seattle \ Renton
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/default.aspx?District=11
Put that amendment on the bill
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/CMD/showdoc.ashx?u=A2iGB9PMbwyP2X1C%2bw7qdVoo636n00r%2fAh888keMqQ2Vgi9SWMXQKuQZxy9ztLQdWQsLZJInowj95fqXQ3J7tFGAfRTzmQWKyE%2fhPvkk2ko%3d&y=2011

I think the restaurant tax should end in 2015 as bill 1997 has, the car rental tax should end, it isn't much, the Safeco parking tax at their lot should keep going to fund their major repairs.

No matter what happens the hotel tax never, ever ends. Most people do not know that. What happens in 2016 is that it goes to payoff Qwest, and then in 2021 it becomes available for any city or county to impose, what ends is King County's exclusive right to control the tax. Also, the arts funding problem is that the current law prohibits them from dipping into their endowment fund to bridge the funding for their programs while the hotel tax is used to pay off Qwest. They lose the ability to fund 90% of the stuff the cover today.

The convention center is a huge money maker. The sooner that thing expands the better for the local economy, not extending the restaurant tax until 2015 for that us pretty short sighted.

Mr Baker said...

Here,
Top of the amendment has the Rep's name on it.

http://tinyurl.com/HB1997-amendment-Hasegawa

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bob. I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that there isn't a state rep willing to override that amendment? Not even our old friend Ms. Prentice?

Mr Baker said...

There is a desire to amend out many of the restrictions and leave the decisions that will be made a decade from now to the county and cities that administer the law.

Anonymous said...

Caught some semi-related tidbits on the net. Looks like former Sonics owner John Stanton got even richer with the purchase of T-Mobile. And in San Francisco (the city Seattle longs to be) voted in a poll 78% in favor to increase tourism, that amoungst other infrastucture investments a new arena on the waterfront (for the Warriors most likely) is also a good idea. We'll probably figure that out in a generation.

Anonymous said...

The media is jumping all over HB 1997. My sympathies to Rep. Orwall. Maybe SB 5834 will get through.

Anonymous said...

Goldman Sachs is offering their services to any local billionaire/multi-millionaire and municipality with a half-page advert in the A section of the Times.

Mr Baker said...

Goldman Sachs has their own problems in Seattle.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2013214897_archon24.html

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