In a weekend session, the state House put the final touches on its proposed spending plan for the next two years. Dan Frizzell from the House Democratic Caucus has more.
SULLIVAN: “This budget recognizes that there are people throughout this state that need additional help.”
It took several hours of debate on the virtual House floor before a final speech by House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, but when the votes were counted he and his fellow Democrats were celebrating the passage of what they’re calling the Washington Recovery Budget. Authors of the plan want to combines rising state revenues with billions of federal dollars from the Biden-Harris administration to undo some of the damage done by a year of pounding from the Covid-19 pandemic. Here’s Sullivan.
SULLIVAN: “This budget provides relief for those who have fallen behind on their rent, to our business community who are struggling to hang on, this budget invests over two billion dollars in schools, recognizing that students have had a really hard time, and need that extra help. This budget invests in long-term care rates, in services for the developmentally disabled, for childcare, for homelessness.”
Sullivan, a veteran lawmaker from Covington, said negotiations with the Senate would begin immediately so the Legislature can produce a final budget and adjourn on time April 25. At the state Capitol, Dan Frizzell.