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Placer’s legislative lobbying game plan up for renewal

State and federal firms to cost county $190,000 in coming year
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Placer County supervisors are poised to adopt a legislative lobbying package that includes $190,000 in contracts with firms in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento – and what is being “described as a “federal priorities trip” to the nation’s capital in the new year.

Up for renewal at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Auburn are lobbying contracts with Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C. and Peterson Consulting in Sacramento.

Both firms have worked with Placer County on contract for several years. The contract with Holland & Knight is for $143,640 and, with Peterson Consulting, for $46,295.

“Staff expects an active legislative year with challenges for administrations and legislative bodies in addressing budget deficits, program realignment and reform, and funding availability,” Principal Management Analyst Allison Carlos said in a report.

Carlos reported that major unknowns on the federal front are potential implications of a looming “fiscal cliff,” impacts to programs with deficit-reduction proposals, and funding availability from any new round of stimulus that may emerge.

Holland & Knight has assisted the county in securing millions of dollars in federal funding for several projects and programs and guided departments in developing grant applications, Carlos said.

Peterson Consulting assisted the county this year on a variety of state funding and legislative matters, including those related to redevelopment dissolution details, biomass and funding options for the regional sewer project, she said.

The legislative plan also calls for unnamed board members to travel to Washington, D.C., probably in February, to meet with federal officials to advocate for county priorities. In recent years, two to four board members have been authorized to participate. Authorization is being requested for up to $1,600 for travel, food, lodging and incidental costs for each board member.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Ave., in Auburn. The board is scheduled to discuss its legislative platform and lobbying firms at 10 a.m.