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Senate Supplemental Budget Zeroes Out MRSC by July 1st


March 4, 2016 by Tracy Burrows
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Senate Supplemental Budget Zeroes Out MRSC by July 1st

The Washington State Senate supplemental budget with adjustments for the remainder of the 2016/17 biennium, eliminates all funding for the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC).

MRSC has been serving local governments in Washington for over 80 years. Our longevity is directly attributable to providing high quality service to our partners.

MRSC's state appropriation represents a partnership of city and county support. MRSC's funding has come from a small portion of the local government share of liquor revenues that historically would have otherwise gone directly to cities and counties. This efficient method of funding gives cities and counties access to a remarkable pooled resource that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

MRSC's services in 2015 included:

  • 7,150 inquiry requests answered from more than 350 local and state government agencies
  • 50,000 research hours logged by 1.4 million web visitors, including state agency and legislative staff
  • 56 trainings conducted for over 4,000 attendees

Visit AWC’s website for more information about the state budget impacts on local government.


MRSC is a private nonprofit organization serving local governments in Washington State. Eligible government agencies in Washington State may use our free, one-on-one Ask MRSC service to get answers to legal, policy, or financial questions.

About Tracy Burrows

As MRSC’s Executive Director, Tracy seeks out innovations in local government, tracking trends in management and technology that impact your work. She has over 20 years of local government and non-profit experience, specializing in growth management, transportation, and general city management issues.

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