Friends and Neighbors,
It’s been busy in Olympia since my last update, and I have good and bad news to share.
I’ll start with the bad - the Legislature failed to complete its work during the 60-day legislative session. I am incredibly disappointed a responsible, balanced budget could not be agreed upon before our deadline. As we go forward, fiscal responsibility is essential for us to fully support education and our schools. Pierce County is disproportionately impacted by our over-reliance on local levies and we need state resources available to finally address the problem.
This budget failure also created lasting repercussions. The Governor vetoed a number of non-controversial bills and called lawmakers back to Olympia for a 30-day special session. Negotiations are still in progress, and I am committed to finding a solution.
The good news is a number of bills I sponsored and worked closely on passed in the House and Senate.