We are through the last full week of the 2018 regular legislative session. There are now just six days until the scheduled end of the session on Thursday, March 8.
Democrats in the House and Senate have each passed their own supplemental budget plans. The two chambers will now be negotiating the final budget, and the bills necessary to implement that budget. While Democrats hold only slim majorities in both the House and Senate, there does not appear to be much interest from either chamber’s leadership in working with Republicans to pass a budget plan that could gain broad bipartisan support.
Despite this, I will not be deterred from fighting for a responsible budget and the priorities of our district. One of those priorities is supporting our state’s manufacturers. You can read more about those efforts below.
This week we also got some good news: Democrats had finally abandoned their efforts to create a new energy tax, which would have hit hard-working Washington families the hardest.