Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Another week has passed in Olympia with little progress on the budget. Prospects for resolving our state's entire $2 billion shortfall during the special session have diminished. Much of the work could be delayed until the regular session in January. It is my hope that in the coming days the House will begin to take floor action on budget-related bills and finally pass a leaner budget that is based on priorities: education, public safety, and care for the most vulnerable.
The slow pace in Olympia has afforded me the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with teachers, business owners, college students, local government officials, and fellow legislators. My caucus spent part of the week discussing our priorities of government and the principles for good budgeting. This will be an ongoing conversation as we work to make Washington State government more responsible, accountable, and sustainable. I value your input.
I hope you'll join me for a telephone town hall next Tuesday, Dec. 13. You will be able to listen in, ask questions and take part in polls. We'll discuss the special session, the $2 billion budget shortfall, education, transportation, and more.
The toll-free phone number is 1-877-229-8493 and the pin number is 17545. The community conversation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be one hour.
If you have any questions or comments before the event please call my district office at (253) 840-4526 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to our discussion.
468 John L.O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7968 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000