Special Session Update
A message from AFP WA State Director: Nansen Malin.
It’s been a nail biting week in Olympia, as the Special Session to deal with the budget goes down to the wire.
Yesterday AFP activists had a huge success when the Washington State House failed to pass a massive $10 Billion transportation package that included a 10.5-cent gas tax increase. Representative Mat Manweller passionately spoke, detailing the reforms we need to stop the wasteful spending that make road projects in Washington State twice as much as anywhere else. Manweller went on to state that Olympia is a “calculator zone” and “we can do for $10 Billion what any other state can do for $5 Billion!”.
This was a big win for now, but the vote was 48-42, only two votes short of passage! This is very likely to show up again before the final vote of the operating budget, so I need you to remind your lawmakers to stay opposed to this!
Governor Inslee is pushing hard to get his big spending transportation package passed. Yesterday we saw tweets from Legislators saying Inslee’s staff were in the wings working for votes. However, unless we reform the way the Department of Transportation operates we’ll never be able to afford the truly needed transportation improvement projects around the state.
We’re getting close to agreement on an operating budget for 2013-2015, we need to keep the pressure on for a responsible budget that holds the line on spending and taxes, while fully funding education. The Majority Coalition’s budget does just that.
It’s too late to send calculators down to Olympia; please pick up the phone )or email) and tell your Legislators to stop playing games and get the job done.