I’ve bent a lot of rules with this feature. Some of the “Best Meeting of the Week” posts have been post titles made up entirely of acronyms. Some B-MOWs are ties between two meetings. There’s even been a B-MOW that’s a prep meeting for another B-MOW. But this is a new horizon: the Best Meeting of the Week that hasn’t even happened yet! How do I know it’s going to be so great? You’ll have to read below to find out…in the Weekly B-MOW: Next Week’s Legislative Session.
Over the last month or so, I’ve been discussing how our main focus in this year’s legislative session is the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force proposal. And certainly that’s true. But there’s lots of other bills that we’re very engaged in. Obviously, there’s the Clean Energy Leadership Council bill that I mentioned last time. Plus, there’s two proposals that we’re been working on for a long time: the Residential Infrastructure Fund and the Cultural Access Fund.
For those of you who don’t remember, the Cultural Access Fund is something we worked on since the beginning of the Prosperity Partnership, a proposal to give counties and groups of counties the authority to raise revenues that would support increased access – discounted tickets, free days, outreach and educational programs – to cultural activities for local residents. The effort to pass it is being led by the community, including arts patrons, businesses and local elected officials.
The Residential Infrastructure Fund would designate unsustainable peaks of state real estate excise tax revenues into a capital budget fund that would invest in infrastructure supporting dense, affordable, transit-oriented development. Again, it’s being supported by the folks that helped us develop the proposal – ranging from the affordable housing community to the environmental folks to the real estate community.
So what does all of this have to do with B-MOWs? Well, it turns out that all four proposals are getting attention in Olympia next week:
- A hearing on the Cultural Access Fund’s Senate bill on Monday at 10 am
- A hearing on the Cultural Access Fund’s House bill on Monday at 1:30 pm (executive session scheduled for Wednesday at 8 am)
- An “executive session” on the Higher Education Funding Task Force’s House bill on Monday at 1:30 pm
- An executive session on the House clean energy leadership council bill scheduled for Tuesday at 10 am.
- An executive session on the House residential infrastructure bill scheduled for Wednesday at 8 am
Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty successful week for the old Prosperity Partnership’s priorities. Which, in my book, means B-MOW all the way.
Plus, it will give me several more chances to become the “Mayor” of the John L. O’Brien Building on FourSquare.