Bridges to a Better Government: No excuses

There are just five weeks to go in the 2015 legislative session. Although we are now two-thirds of the way through the 105-day session, we still haven’t seen a budget proposal from the majority party in the House of Representatives, which is responsible for initiating the budget process this year. Now there are rumors that the process may be delayed even further, as the House contemplates a spending plan that spends more than the state brings in currently and may even include a massive new carbon tax. One of the first reforms we adopted this year moved the release of the state’s first-quarter revenue forecast up to Feb. 20, a month earlier than usual; the idea was that it would give lawmakers plenty of time to craft a budget. We also recently received a visit from Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman…

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