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    Caseload forecast depends on policy, budget from the Legislature

Caseload forecast depends on policy, budget from the Legislature

June 18th, 2013|

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, and chair of the Caseload Forecast Council today issued the following statement after the release of the latest caseload forecast:

"Today’s news was another reality check. Because of the Legislature’s timing and delay of the largest policy bill, the budget, and other smaller policy bills, we are faced with having a forecast that doesn’t have as much information as we would know if we had a budget.

"We will need to have an additional caseload forecast meeting after those policy bills and the budget have been passed so we can figure out what the caseload will actually be.

"For instance, in our prison setting, if we do pass a bill that addresses people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it has been estimated that we will need about 350 additional beds in our prisons for those who have had more than five DUIs. Shocking as that number sounds, we are going to need to build our caseload to reflect the Legislature’s policies when they pass.

"There are some serious challenges ahead in human services and corrections if no budget is passed. We have a limited amount of time and are swiftly approaching our deadline."

Darneille: Let’s get our job done

June 7th, 2013|

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D- Tacoma, today issued the following statement after the Republican-controlled Senate majority failed to take any action on the Senate floor:

"Today was the 26th day of the special session and we have yet to hold one vote on the floor. My community and communities across Washington rely on state contracts to keep things going.

"Veterans, families, women, children, the elderly and people living with developmental disabilities are just a few of those who are depending on us to do our job. Time is running out and we need the Republican-majority to quit playing games."