Budget

3 08, 2018

Rolfes: Dismissal of Eyman v. Davidson nixes ‘political distraction’

August 3rd, 2018|Budget|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island and chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement today after the Thurston County Superior Court dismissed the Eyman v. Davidson case, which would have impacted the 2018 Supplemental Budget passed by lawmakers in March:

“As chair of the Senate committee responsible for crafting our state budget, I take my duty to the people of this state extremely seriously, and I know my colleagues do as well. Earlier this year, we worked closely with our expert staff to write a budget that met our state’s pressing needs while also providing needed tax relief. The budget was certainly unique by including the first general property tax cut in decades, but in no way was it unconstitutional. I’m pleased the court agreed with a swift dismissal and taxpayers will not be further burdened by this political distraction.”

21 09, 2016

Nelson: A positive revenue forecast is great news for our state and for Washington’s one million school kids

September 21st, 2016|Budget|

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following Wednesday’s news that state revenue is expected to rise $334 million this biennium and $125 million in 2017-19:

“A positive revenue forecast is great news for our state and for Washington’s one million school kids.

“There are many challenges we will need to face in 2017, including fully funding education and addressing homelessness and mental health care. Today’s forecast will be part of the solution to these challenges – but anyone that tells you these modest gains are a cure-all doesn’t fully grasp the magnitude of the tasks ahead.

“Senate Democrats welcome today’s good news, and are happy to take it into account as we continue our work getting ready for the 2017 legislative session.”