Republican lawmakers packed up and headed home from Olympia Thursday, leaving Washington without a bipartisan construction budget for the first time in the state’s history. Dan Frizzell has the story in this audio report produced by the Washington State House Democratic Caucus.
It was a full day Friday as lawmakers worked to beat the midnight clock and passed a $43.7 billion dollar budget to keep state government operating for the next two years.The budget averts a government shutdown and pours billions of new dollars into K-12 schools. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the two year operating budget Friday night as the fiscal year came to a close.
We have two audio reports on this story. First, we hear from John Sattgast with Washington House Republicans:
Now here is Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus:
The threat of a state government shut down still looms as the second special legislative session continues. John Sattgast from the House Republicans filed this audio report saying lawmakers are getting close to a budget agreement, working to secure a new biennial budget before the end of the state’s fiscal cycle June 30:
State Representatives from the 35th District, Dan Griffey and Drew MacEwen, discussed this year’s legislative session Tuesday morning. The Republicans attended a legislative breakfast put on by the Economic Development Council of Mason County and the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce. The EDC’s Lynn Longan started the discussion by asking the first of three questions for Griffey and MacEwen.
On day 156 of what should have been a 105-day legislative session, Democratic leaders in Olympia were guardedly optimistic that Republicans might be ready to end their boycott of serious budget negotiations. Dan Frizzell has more in this audio report produced by the Washington State House Democratic Caucus.
Alongside families and victims of sometimes fatal collisions due to distracted and impaired drivers, Gov. Jay Inslee signed three bills in Tacoma Tuesday, aimed at reducing impaired and distracted driving on Washington’s roads.
The bills signed make any use of a mobile phone while driving a primary offense, make an individual’s fourth DUI a felony, and implement recommendations from a task-force on impaired driving.