The special session has kicked into a higher gear as we approach June 11, the last day of the 30-day special session allowed under Washington’s constitution. Earlier this week, the governor said he would call a second special session immediately if Tuesday comes and goes without a budget agreement. Perhaps that prompted legislators from the House of Representatives to finally get serious about budget negotiations, because on Wednesday they offered a new spending proposal.
The good news is that the House majority scaled back its tax plan, as well as the overall level of spending compared to the budget proposal it approved April 12. The bad news is that the House took money away from education our number one priority, instead the money is to go to expanding government programs. This is a step back for Washington’s children. Our children deserve our first dollar not our last dime.