Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to grow under the pro-growth policies of the Senate Majority Coalition and tax receipts are anticipated to grow along with it through the next four years. We now know that we will have nearly $3 billion more in revenue for the next budget cycle than we do for the current one. The forecast was welcome news that allowed us in the Senate to craft yet another budget that meets our obligation on education and protects the most vulnerable, without raising taxes.
Also in this issue:
- Video: Olympia must get smart on crime
- House panel considers my bill help create jobs
- Prayers go out for our friends in the UK
- In the News: Herald calls on House to pass Senate dam policy