Members of the Board, Contract Committee, WAVS Members, Subagents:
Greetings from Russia! My name is Brian Cullinane, for those of you who do not know me, and I am a Subagent in Ellensburg as well as the WAVS Contract Chair. First of all, thank you to all that have participated in the contract process, by sharing your concerns and thoughts on changes that you would like to see in the upcoming contract. There are some major changes and shifts in the new contract. I want to bring all of our members and non-members alike up to speed in the process that started prior to the annual WAVS Convention in 2018 in Wenatchee. The Board made the decision to retain legal counsel to represent us in the next round of contract negotiations. The Board hired one of the top firms with experience dealing with Washington State agencies, led by former Senate Majority Leader and Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge. Our membership raised approximately $35,000 specifically for the contract legal expenses and expertise. Our push for member input began last fall, with two questionnaires that were sent to all Subagents, to include WAVS members and non-members. The common themes that kept coming up were compiled in to 3 categories:
- Must Haves: These were critical issues that must be addressed in the next contract.
- Would Like to Have: Though not of the highest importance, these issues still fairly frequently brought up and were important to our members.
- Bonus items if we got them addressed: These items were the gravy - we would ask and try to get as many of these items addressed as possible.
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2019 WAVS Convention
IT'S FIESTA TIME!
May 17-19 at Vancouver Hilton
Please click here for the registration form
2019 WAVS FINANCIAL STUDY
I want to begin by thanking those offices who have already participated in our survey/study that is being conducted by Carly Langdon. The importance of this survey can not be over stated. In almost every meeting I have had with lawmakers, they specifically asked for something to "prove" our need for a fee increase. Your participation is necessary to be able to provide a broad financial view of the entire subagent system.
I realize that this survey will not be easy to fill out. It will take time. You may be concerned about providing your financial information. I can assure you that your information will only be viewed by Carly for the purposes of compiling and analyzing the raw data.
I also strongly encourage you to take some time to fill in the "optional Testimony" section on the survey. We need to hear from you what specific struggles you have had in operating your business. We need to hear about any issues that have caused you to have financial difficulties. We also want to hear how you would use a fee increase to better/promote/invest in your business.
Without a strong response from our offices, our survey will not be successful. This study is only as strong as the number of responses we get.
Will you take the time today to help your fellow subagents, and our association by filling out this survey?
As a reminder, you can respond to the survey by mail, online via survey chimp by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAVS, and over the phone with Carly directly.
SB 6438 – Governor Bill Signing
Thursday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m.
The Governor is scheduled to sign our legislation, SB 6438, clarifying the collection process for existing vehicle service transactions, into law, tomorrow, Thursday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Governor's Conference Room in the Legislative Building (416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Suite 200, Olympia, WA 98504).
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***IMPORTANT PLEASE READ***
DOL contacted WAVS President Corry Cavin and Executive Director Chester Baldwin to notify them of a financial error made by DOL's system that would impact Subagents. The Board held an emergency meeting last night to address this issue immediately. Below is the letter that has been sent to DOL Director Pat Kohler as an effort to circumvent DOL from requesting repayment for their financial error.
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WAVS 09.17.2017 Board Meeting
Dear WAVS Members,
I want to remind everyone that we will be holding the next WAVS Board Meeting this Sunday, September 17th, 2017 from 10:00 am to roughly 3:00pm.
ALL Subagents will have the opportunity to share concerns or ask questions or discuss agenda items. We want you to come and be a part of the association and these meetings. We will do it in an efficient and orderly way so that we can conduct a successful meeting, but we want you to come and share your opinions. We would love to have you join us for the Board Meeting and we DO have a lot of important issues to discuss.
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Important News Regarding Initiative 947
We wanted to bring to your attention the new Tim Eyman Initiative #947. If passed, this initiative would reduce car tabs to $30 and includes a removal of the $5 renewal fee and the $3 auditor filing fee as well. Attached is a copy of the initiative for your reference.
The Washington Association of Vehicle Subagents (WAVS) held an emergency WAVS Board meeting last night to strategize about our next steps.
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The 65th Washington Legislature
105-days of the 65th Regular Legislative Session has come and gone, yet there is no end in sight. The Washington State is one of only six states with a split legislature, which means that the two chambers are lead by opposite parties. The Washington State is led by the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC), which consists of 25 republicans and 1 democrat. While the House of Representatives is led by a two seat Democratic majority. This close divide, along with a key special election that could determine the control of the Senate coming this November, the parties have been fighting to control the narrative and that will likely keep a wedge between the two parities for the foreseeable future as budget negotiations continue.
The Legislature still has to find a way to fully fund K-12 education, required by the State Supreme Court’s ‘McCleary Decision’ and come to an agreement on the State Budget. Governor Jay Inslee (D) has called the lawmakers back for a “Special Session” which gives the legislature another 30 days to come to a compromise over these essential issues.
The highlights of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session include an attempt by the Senate Democrats to take over the Senate Floor when Senator Doug Ericksen (R – Bellingham) was out of the state and Former Senator Brian Dansel (R –Newport) resigned to join the Drumpf administration, leaving the Senate with Democratic Majority. The attempt failed and led to several more floor maneuvers being played by both sides throughout the remainder of the session. The MCC ended their last floor debate by bring SB 5111 (capital gains) and SB 5113 (B&O Tax increase for education) to force the Senate to vote on these controversial revenue sources as a way to show that the House Democrat’s would not have the votes to pass their revenue package, HB 2086. As we enter the first Special Session, we expect to see maneuvers like these continue.
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#1 – This law* is an expansion of the existing $5 and $12 service fees that are collected at private vehicle licensing subagent offices. These fees must now be collected by government vehicle licensing offices and the DOL.
#2 – Vehicle registration and renewal transactions will be charged the $5 service fee for registrations due on or after January 1, 2015. The $5 service fee includes registration and temporary off road vehicle use permits, trip permits, snowmobile registrations, and some other transactions.