The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce welcomed Mayor Tim Burgess’s updates to the 2017-2018 biennial budget proposal today, which provide a strong starting point for this year’s budget deliberations. Chamber President and CEO Maud Daudon emphasized several key pieces that align with the Seattle Metro Chamber’s priorities.
“We echo the Mayor’s call for a focus on smart government and regional collaboration,” said Chamber President and CEO Maud Daudon. “I am pleased Mayor Burgess called for accountability around spending on the homelessness crisis, and applaud his decision to submit to Council legislation that will mandate all expenditures from the Human Services Department utilize outcome-based contracting, identify specific and measurable outcomes, include incentive pay for performance, and continually measure effectiveness. That’s how we will make progress on this dire problem— investing in long term, stable housing solutions rather than short term fixes.”
In addition to accountability, smart government requires smart investments. Mayor Burgess proposed investing in essential city services, workforce training, public safety, and education at every level—from high quality, affordable preschool, to K-12 support, and college readiness.
“Education is key to addressing our region’s growing talent gap, and connecting local people to local jobs,” Daudon said.
The Mayor’s proposed budget also includes $200,000 to conduct a market feasibility study and legal analysis of a citywide workforce retirement savings plan. We are glad to see the City exploring this opportunity in a responsible manner and look forward to seeing the results of the study.
As City Council begins consideration of the Mayor’s budget, the Chamber and its members look forward to further discussion about the importance of many of the items included.