January 22, 2018
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Legislation of Note

HB 2754: Funding airport infrastructure from existing sales tax on aircraft fuel

House Bill 2754 would require a portion of the sales tax on aircraft fuel be deposited in the state’s aeronautics account. Currently, users pay 6.5 percent sales tax on aircraft fuel, and all of that revenue goes into the state’s general fund.

This bill would require 1 percent of that 6.5 percent fuel sales tax be credited to the aeronautics account, which is used to fund airport infrastructure projects. Historically, AWB has supported various proposals to improve funding of airport infrastructure, given the significant unmet funding needs of airports, especially in the rural areas. This bill does not increase the tax, but rather shifts a portion of the current tax from the general fund back to aeronautics purposes.

The bill is scheduled to receive a hearing at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the House Transportation Committee.

Contact Mike Ennis, AWB government affairs director for transportation and infrastructure, to learn more.



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Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

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