Greetings from Olympia! This week marks the final few days of the 2019 legislative session – the regular session, that is, meaning the 105 days allotted by the state constitution. Although lawmakers have put in many long hours, we still do not have final operating, transportation and capital budgets because Democrats are proposing unnecessary taxes. These proposed taxes are unnecessary because we have almost $4 billion above and beyond what we anticipated. Unless the budgets and the bills to implement them are adopted by the end of the day Sunday, we will have to go into a “special” session. That would be a huge disappointment, as the state economy is doing great and has provided more than enough revenue to write a budget within our means and finish the legislative session on time – all without the need to raise taxes this year.