Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week the Legislature passed a budget bill that only begins to address our state's problem. I am frustrated that we were only able to address about $480 million of the state's projected $2 billion shortfall. I did support the partial solution because it was better than nothing, but there is a whole lot of difficult work left to do.
On Wednesday, the House and Senate adjourned until the 2012 regular session, which begins on Monday, Jan. 9. As a member of the House Higher Education Committee, I will be focusing much of my attention on reforms to state colleges and universities. I will continue to speak up for a government that lives within its means while maintaining its core commitments to education, public safety, and care for the most vulnerable.
This season of the year reminds us of the truly important things. As I have walked up the marble steps to the House chamber these past few weeks, I have passed by the beautiful Christmas tree in the rotunda. I am also reminded on my walks beneath the Capitol dome of our state's namesake. There's the state seal in the center of the rotunda, and on our state flag, and a bust of George Washington in the corridor between the chambers.
And so, to borrow a blessing from George Washington, “May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” I hope that you have a joyful Christmas season with family and friends.
468 John L.O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
360-786-7968 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000