Pennies from heaven, dollars from taxpayers

Normally, by the seventh week of a short session, all eyes in the Capitol turn to one issue: the state budget. This was partially true again this year. On Monday the House Democrat budget writers unveiled their proposed 2016 supplemental budget. Though many in Olympia expected a reasonable, truly “supplemental” budget that could lead to quick bipartisan support, the House instead proposed a budget that dips into the state’s emergency funds, proposes new spending, raises taxes and walks away from the progress we have made on making education the state’s top budget priority.

On Wednesday, the Senate offered a different approach, one that lives within our means and focuses on building on the successful bipartisan budget adopted just this past June.

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