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Budget Negotiations Begin

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on April 7, 2015
Both the House and the Senate planned on passing their respective budgets on the same day, something that’s never been done before. The Democratic controlled House finished their business and produced a two year spending plan on a party line 51 – 47 vote. The Republican lead Senate started the process and worked until 4 am but no final vote was taken. Final passage is expected by the time you are reading this.

The hold up in the Senate is largely due to the Republican’s refusal to ratify the State Employee Collective Bargaining Agreements. State employees have worked for 7 years without a pay increase and the agreement reached with the Governor grants them a 3% COLA for 2015 and a 1.8% increase for 2016. The Senate budget offers only a one-time $1,000.00 bonus for 2015 and again for 2016.

GAMESMANSHIP AND GIMMICKS

Senator Jim Hargrove (D Hoquiam) offered a floor amendment that restored the COLA. A handful of Republican Senators wanted to support it but were fearful of repercussions from their leadership. The solution they came up with was to change the rules for passing amendments from a simple majority (25 votes) to a supermajority (30 votes). They figure if they voted for the rule change they could then vote for the amendment knowing it wouldn’t pass. Everyone wins, except the workers! Sure enough, the amendment failed with 29 votes.

ON TO THE REAL DEAL MAKING

Now that both the House and Senate have their proposed budgets on the table, the negotiations begin. Let’s start with the Senate.

Despite the clear need for revenue to meet the State’s needs, the Senate budget doesn’t provide any revenue.

Please contact your Senators and ask them to support the following:

Shared Revenues and Infrastructure:     Restore the State’s commitment to public infrastructure by restoring the $200 million sweep from the Public Works Assistance Account.

Marijuana Revenue:     Local Governments need at least 10% of the Marijuana Revenue to achieve the promise of Initiative 502.

RSN Funding:     Restore the $14 million cut to the Regional Support Networks and the $33 million cut to the RSN Medicaid Rate. This money is desperately needed to serve our most vulnerable citizens and the critical staff needed to assist them.

Download the list of the 64th Legislature for 2015-2016 
Member Party Dist. Rm. Phone
Angel, Jan R 26 INB 203A (360) 786-7650
Bailey, Barbara R 10 INB 109B (360) 786-7618
Baumgartner, Michael R 6 LEG 404 (360) 786-7610
Becker, Randi R 2 INB 110 (360) 786-7602
Benton, Don R 17 LEG 409 (360) 786-7632
Billig, Andy D 3 LEG 412 (360) 786-7604
Braun, John R 20 LEG 407 (360) 786-7638
Brown, Sharon R 8 INB 202 (360) 786-7614
Chase, Maralyn D 32 JAC 218 (360) 786-7662
Cleveland, Annette D 49 JAC 220 (360) 786-7696
Conway, Steve D 29 JAC 212 (360) 786-7656
Dammeier, Bruce R 25 INB 205 (360) 786-7648
Dansel, Brian R 7 INB 115B (360) 786-7612
Darneille, Jeannie D 27 JAC 227 (360) 786-7652
Ericksen, Doug R 42 LEG 414 (360) 786-7682
Fain, Joe R 47 LEG 309 (360) 786-7692
Fraser, Karen D 22 LEG 314 (360) 786-7642
Frockt, David D 46 LEG 402 (360) 786-7690
Habib, Cyrus D 48 JAC 230 (360) 786-7694
Hargrove, Jim D 24 LEG 411 (360) 786-7646
Hasegawa, Bob D 11 JAC 223 (360) 786-7616
Hatfield, Brian D 19 JAC 237 (360) 786-7636
Hewitt, Mike R 16 INB 204 (360) 786-7630
Hill, Andy R 45 JAC 303 (360) 786-7672
Hobbs, Steve D 44 JAC 239 (360) 786-7686
Honeyford, Jim R 15 INB 107 (360) 786-7684
Jayapal, Pramila D 37 JAC 213 (360) 786-7688
Keiser, Karen D 33 JAC 224A (360) 786-7664
King, Curtis R 14 JAC 305 (360) 786-7626
Kohl-Welles, Jeanne D 36 JAC 219 (360) 786-7670
Liias, Marko D 21 JAC 226 (360) 786-7640
Litzow, Steve R 41 LEG 416 (360) 786-7641
McAuliffe, Rosemary D 1 LEG 403 (360) 786-7600
McCoy, John D 38 JAC 241 (360) 786-7674
Miloscia, Mark R 30 INB 105 (360) 786-7658
Mullet, Mark D 5 LEG 415 (360) 786-7608
Nelson, Sharon D 34 LEG 316 (360) 786-7667
O'Ban, Steve R 28 INB 102 (360) 786-7654
Padden, Mike R 4 INB 106 (360) 786-7606
Parlette, Linda Evans R 12 LEG 305 (360) 786-7622
Pearson, Kirk R 39 INB 115D (360) 786-7676
Pedersen, Jamie D 43 JAC 235 (360) 786-7628
Ranker, Kevin D 40 JAC 215 (360) 786-7678
Rivers, Ann R 18 LEG 405 (360) 786-7634
Roach, Pam R 31 INB 112 (360) 786-7660
Rolfes, Christine D 23 JAC 233 (360) 786-7644
Schoesler, Mark R 9 LEG 307 (360) 786-7620
Sheldon, Tim D 35 LEG 312 (360) 786-7668
Warnick, Judy R 13 INB 103 (360) 786-7624
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