After 90 nearly consecutive days of activity in the Washington State Legislature, lawmakers finally came to an agreement early Wednesday morning that led to the passage of a balanced, sustainable state budget. The reforms our Senate bipartisan coalition was able to get into the final version of the budget made the grueling extra effort worthwhile.
With these reforms, we all but ensure that we won’t be back here in January facing another billion-dollar budget deficit. We could have settled for less just to get out of Olympia a month ago, but in the end it would have left state taxpayers with a perennial budget deficit. The Senate coalition was steadfast in its belief that enough was enough, and fortunately we were able to stick to our guns on this one. Continue reading