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Call to Action!

Prepare for next session

It is time now to prepare for the NEXT Legislative Session...

During the management team meeting, WSFA Members talked about reaching out to key legislators to build support for Fair Funding for next year. Most legislators from rural areas are already very supportive of fairs. King County is our weak spot because it has the most legislators and the majority are urban. They simply do not understand the importance of Fairs! Pierce, Snohomish and Clallam Counties also have legislators in key positions.

We need to get the message to legislators who sit on the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways & Means committee. Also, key members of leadership. Heather has identified them on the attached spreadsheet. Those marked in the left column are legislators who have supported fairs, but not as strong as we need or those who have not supported in the past, but I think with some careful education, we could get them. This is our target list. Heather knows most of them personally and can answer questions and provide more background as needed.

Now, we need your help. What can Heather do to help you all get volunteers, 4-H, FFA and more to contact legislators? She would like to see those of you who have good relationship with your legislators share your ideas.

If you don't know who your legislators are, find them here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder

The fairs that depend the most on the Fair Fund are youth shows and the most rural counties. In my testimony this morning, I said if you want kids to learn responsibility, teamwork, service to others, public speaking and so much more, you need to provide an opportunity for them to practice those skills. That’s what we do at fairs. Please support SB 6386.

Heather Hansen

Washington State Fairs Associaiton

Office: 360-705-2040
Cell: 360-480-5567
E-mail: heather@wafriends.org

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Priority Legislators

Support of Fairs

Fairs support rural economic development by giving small businesses an opportunity to showcase their wares. In addition, numerous artists and entertainers get their start at fairs. The more fairs do to support and encourage small businesses, the more revenue would be generated for the fund.

In 1998, the Fair Fund was set in statute at $2 million per year (RCW 15.76.115). Prior to that time, it had fluctuated according to revenue from horse racing. In recent prior years, it had been nearly $3 million per year.

The current source of revenue for the Fair Fund is a transfer from the general fund. The bill would divert sales tax revenue generated on fairgrounds from the general fund to the Fair Fund, replacing the existing transfer. If more revenue is generated than the existing $2 million, the Fair Fund would increase.

The fairs that depend the most on the Fair Fund are youth shows and the most rural counties.

To find their email addresses, click here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail

You may also leave a message via telephone at: 1.800.562.6000.

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